Professional Staff

California Palms Professional Staff

The California Palms employs multiple counselors and case managers to help ensure our clients receive the best care possible. All of our professional clinical staff have extensive experience in the fields of behavioral health and substance abuse. The Palms is affiliated with local psychiatrists, doctors of internal medicine, detox facilities, and others with specialized training. We aim to provide our clients with the most comprehensive care available in the field.

Ed

ED DYER, LPCC-S, M.S.Ed.
Clinical Director
Ed@CaliPARC.com
Cell: (330) 502-6917
Work: (330) 935-2663

Ed is a state Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with  Supervision Designation (LPCC-S). Ed has a Master of Science in Psychology from Youngstown State University and a Bachelors in Psychology from YSU. Ed has forty years experience in the behavioral health and substance abuse field. Ed has extensive experience in group dynamics treating substance abuse, chemical dependency, addiction, mental health counseling, and PTSD counseling. At California Palms, Ed is part of the executive management team and as Clinical Director specializing in group therapy related to substance abuse and individual therapy concerning mental health counseling of veterans undergoing treatment, including PTSD, within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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DR. KAREN GIORGETTI, Ph.D, Psychologist
Psychology Testing
kgiorgetti@ysu.edu
(330) 935-2663

Dr. Giorgetti is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and professor of psychology at YSU with a Ph.D in Psychology from Purdue University. Dr. Giorgetti has thirteen years experience in the behavioral health and substance abuse field. She has extensive knowledge of individual counseling and the treatment of mental health disorders. Dr. Giorgetti works part time at the California Palms providing psychotherapy treatment of veterans undergoing treatment at the Palms.

Ricki

RICKI RIVERA, LCDC - II
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Ricki@CaliPARC.com
Work (330) 935-2663

Ricki has more than fifteen years of professional experience in chemical dependency counseling and therapy. Her specialty is in guiding clients toward recovery from addiction. A strong client advocate, Ricki has training and experience in working with trauma survivors, abused family members, inmates preparing for release, sexual abuse victims, and those suffering from anger management issues. Ricki completed her degree at Youngstown State University.  At California Palms, Ricki is a Chemical Dependency Counselor specializing in group therapy related to substance abuse and individual therapy concerning mental health counseling of veterans undergoing treatment, within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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ELIZABETH BECKLEY, CDCA
Director of Case Management and 
Director of Community Relations
ElizabethBeckley@CaliPARC.com
Cell: (330) 717-9241
Work: (330) 935-2663

Elizabeth is a state licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant with ten years experience in the behavioral health and substance abuse field. Elizabeth has ten years experience assisting those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Elizabeth is also a peer specialist and is certified by SMART Recovery. Elizabeth has extensive knowledge of care for adults struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. At the Palms, Elizabeth is the Director of Community Relations specializing in assisting veterans secure treatment at the Palms. Elizabeth is also the Director of Case Management assisting veterans with their case management needs. She handles all arrangements concerning veterans and staff training for new case managers.

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COREY COTTON, LPCC-S, M.S.Ed.
Program Director of Mental Health Counseling
Corey.Cotton@CaliPARC.com
Cell: (330) 550-8931
Work: (330) 935-2663

Corey is a state Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with  Supervision Designation (LPCC-S). Corey has a Master of Science in Psychology from Youngstown State University and a Bachelors in Psychology from YSU. Corey has nine years experience in the behavioral health and substance abuse field. Corey has extensive experience in group dynamics treating substance abuse, chemical dependency, addiction, and mental health counseling. At California Palms, Corey works part time and specializes in group therapy related to substance abuse and individual therapy concerning mental health counseling of veterans undergoing treatment, within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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MICHELLE RUCCI, CCMA, CDCA & CMAA
Medical Assistant and Case Manager
Michelle@CaliPARC.com
Cell: (330) 610-0709
Work: (330) 935-2663

Michelle Rucci is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA). At California Palms, Michelle is our Medical Assistant, she monitors patient recovery and progress, while educating patients on prevention and treatment. Michelle also handles staff training concerning medical and emergency issues, and handles coordination with our TeleMedicine (Express Healthcare). Michelle also assists veterans with their case management needs.

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DR. GEORGE G. ELLIS, JR., M.D.
Medical Director
Dwinkle101@gmail.com
(330) 965-0832

Dr. Ellis is a licensed medical doctor with thirty-two years experience in internal medicine. Dr. Ellis has been working in private practice since 1992 and began his private practice in Boardman in 1999. Dr. Ellis brings over 20 years of Emergency Room experience and care from hospitals such as St. Elizabeth Health Center and the Cleveland Clinic. In mid-2014, Dr. Ellis launched the area’s first locally owned and operated urgent care (910 Rapid Care) located conveniently in Boardman, Ohio. Dr. Ellis is affiliated with the California Palms as Medical Director and provides veterans undergoing treatment at the Palms medical services at his Boardman office.

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DR. HOLLY MAGGIANO, M.D.
Horticulture Therapy
EarthAngelFarms@gmail.com
Work: (330) 856-5003
Palms: (330) 935-2663

Dr. Maggiano is a state licensed medical doctor with twenty-eight years experience specializing in neurology. Dr. Maggiano has training in horticulture therapy and is co-founder of Earth Angel Farm which uses horticulture to assist individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. At California Palms, Dr. Maggiano teaches a Horticulture Therapy group introducing greenhouse practices to veterans undergoing treatment. Dr. Maggiano also works off-site with the veterans at various green houses.

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DR. DANIEL A. WINKLE, M.D.
Mind Body Skills Group
Dwinkle101@gmail.com
Work: (330) 841-3607
Palms: (330) 935-2663

Dr. Winkle is a licensed medical doctor with nine years experience in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Winkle is certified to teach Mind-Body Medicine courses from The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. The program includes, breathing, meditation, guided visual imagery, biofeedback, self-awareness, dance, self-expression in words, drawings, and movement in classroom and small group sessions. Dr. Winkle is affiliated with Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, and Valleycare Northside Medical Center. At California Palms, Dr. Winkle teaches an eight-week evidence-based Mind-Body Skills Group for healing psychological trauma and stress.

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DESIREE MCDEVITT, LCDC III
Mental Health Counselor
Desiree@CaliPARC.com
Cell: (330) 550-8931
Work: (330) 935-2663

Desiree is a state Licensed Counselor, LCDC III, with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and Kent State University. Desiree has extensive experience in group dynamics treating substance abuse, chemical dependency, addiction, and mental health counseling. At California Palms, Desiree works part-time as a Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual therapy concerning mental health counseling of veterans undergoing treatment, within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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DENISE MINCHER, LPCC, NCP, M.S.Ed.
Clinical Counselor
Denise.Mincher@CaliPARC.com
Cell (330) 717-9065
Work (330) 935-2663

Denise is a state licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and Nationally Certified Psychologist (NCP). Denise has a Master of Science in Education Counseling from Youngstown State University and a bachelors in psychology from YSU. Denise has twenty-two years experience in the behavioral health and substance abuse field. At California Palms, Denise is a Clinical Counselor specializes in assessment, treatment planning and collaborative care of veterans undergoing treatment, within a multi-disciplinary team setting. Denise is presently on leave of absence and expected to return very soon.

Lisa

LISA KUGLER, Psy.D. Advisory Psychologist

Lisa Kugler, PsyD. is a licensed psychologist active in the field of substance abuse and mental health services for over 20 years. Dr. Kugler was head of the behavioral health and physical health integration team for a community based out-patient clinic and team lead for the Center for Treatment of Addictive Disorders at the Pittsburgh Veteran's Administration. Dr. Kugler has provided services to adults, veterans, inmates, adolescents, and children for over 20 years. Dr. Kugler has presented nationally her research on topics focused on substance abuse concerns. Currently, Dr. Kugler serves as the CEO of division of the state of Maryland where she leads the management of health benefits for the state of Maryland. Dr. Kugler advises the Palms in working with the VA, understanding VA protocol, and in structuring a program with sufficient PTSD care to service veterans per VA standards.

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DR. JOSEPH ALTMAN Psy.D. Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist
JoeAltman@CaliPARC.com
Work: (412) 486-9019
Palms: (330) 935-2663

Dr. Altman is a veteran with over twenty years experience, and the Palms main clinical psychologist. Dr. Altman focuses on the treatment of depression, anxiety, grief, and PTSD. Dr. Altman utilizes the techniques of Energy Field Psychology, Clinical EFT(Tappings), EMDR and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These often result in the rapid resolution of painful memories associated with the trauma of PTSD, unresolved grief, sexual abuse, etc. Dr. Altman provides a positive, supportive, environment where residents have an opportunity to be healed of their emotional pain and fears. Dr. Altman meets the resident veterans where they are and to encourage a shift in thinking from predominately negative and fearful, to positive and hopeful.

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DR. ANDRIA D'AMATO, D.C., DABCA, FIAMA
Acupuncture Therapy
DAmato.Andria@gmail.com
Work: (330) 841-3607
Palms: (330) 935-2663

Dr. D'Amato, received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic. Dr. Andria is a Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture, a Fellow in the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture and is an Ohio State Board licensed acupuncturist. She is trained in Clean Needle Technique and maintains safe standards for herself and acupuncture patients. Dr. D'Amato is well training in healing techniques physical rehabilitation and nutritional supplement. At the Palms, Dr. D'Amato uses acupuncture therapy to heal addiction, psychological trauma and stress.

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DR. RICK STEPHAN, Ph.D.
rick@mindwealthcenters.com
(561) 723-7233

Dr. Stephan is a neuropsychologist advising the California Palms on building a neurology program providing cognitive training, philosophical, psychological and psychotherapeutic interventions based on the mind-body connection and applied psychophysiology. This includes digital brain electric activity mapping and biosound frequency healing.

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DANIEL EPSTEIN, MS, LMHC
Daniel@thedialogueco.com
(954) 899-3266

Daniel is a licensed psychotherapist with significant experience in substance abuse treatment. He has a special interest in treating veterans who are struggling with purpose and direction. Daniel advised the Palms on creating and delivering group curricula that are effective, engaging, and enjoyable. Daniels group therapies embody the practical application of neuroscience.

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SAM NAPLES, Grand Master
Tae Kwon Do Master
MasterSamNaples@neo.rr.com
Cell (330) 501-8599
Work (330) 935-2663

Grand Master Naples is an eighth degree master in Tae Kwon Do with over forty years’ experience teaching the art. Master Naples has a Bachelors in Psychology from Youngstown State University and is certified in hypnotherapy. At the Palms, Grand Master Naples teaches The Art of Tae Kwon Do for personal development to veterans in recovery.

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CAROL HUCIK, Yoga Instructor
Yoga Instructor
carolhuncik@gmail.com
Cell (919) 345-3888
Work (330) 935-2663

Carol’s background as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher imparts a rich blend of movement experience to her students. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Smith College and has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years. Carol is certified in three well-known yoga methods: Kripalu Yoga from Kripalu Yoga Center, an Anusura-influenced practice certified by Willow Street, and most recently Yin Yoga. An easy-going teacher, Carol is nonjudgmental in her teaching approach. Her yoga classes are very gentle, great for the beginner and inviting for all levels.

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LARRY TROMBITAS, Master
Tai Chi Master
lctrombitas@att.net
Cell (330) 540-1200
Work (330) 935-2663

Larry is a veteran who served in the United States Army during the Vietnam war. Larry is also a master of Tai Ruach (Tai Chi) with over thirty years experience teaching the art. Larry has twenty years of personal recovery experience. At the Palms, Larry teaches recovering vets The Art of Tai Ruach (Tai Chi).

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SEBASTIAN RUCCI, PE, JD, CDCA
Executive Director
Sebastian@CaliPARC.com
Cell: (330) 720-0398
Work: (330) 935-2663

Sebastian is a licensed attorney, engineer, and chemical dependency counselor, with thirty years experience in business development. Sebastian is the owner of the Palms which he created after suffering the loss of two brothers to addiction. Sebastian is the Palms executive director. He has two years experience running the facility. At the Palms, Sebastian manages various departments, and drives his unique and innovative vision of superior addiction therapy, mental health therapy, physical fitness,  positive thinking and music therapy, through every facet of operations. He holds a Juris Doctor degree, bachelors degree in civil engineering and a CDCA certificate.

We accept insurance from Veterans ChoiceCignaAetna, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Humana, and Medical Mutual. Payments plans from Prosper Healthcare Lending or My Treatment Lender. Travel to/from our Location may be covered by various sources. Contact the CALIFORNIA PALMS at (800) 378-8259