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.

Insurance accepted from Molina, Buckeye, ParamountUnited, Tricare, Humana, Triwest, Anthem, Cigna, and Aetna.

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GERALD D. SHULMAN, MA, FACATA
Program Director
Jerry@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Jerry is a nationally recognized leader in the chemical dependency and mental health treatment field with over 50 years of experience. He is a licensed psychologist intimately familiar with all aspects of the delivery of substance abuse treatment. He is an author with an extensive list of publications including the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria and managed care. A record of innovative clinical program development and management, a sought-after speaker, trainer and workshop leader. At the Palms, he is part of the executive management team as its Program Director, he works part-time on site where he develops standards for clinical assessment and treatment, and responsible for developing administrative and clinical supervision of staff.  He also establishes training for new clinical staff and assesses the quality of care and appropriateness of services rendered through random sampling of cases.

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GLORIS GRIFFIN, M.Ed, LICDC, LPCC
Clinical Director
Gloris@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Gloris Griffin holds an Ohio state license as a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) and a Licenced Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Gloris has a Master of Education in Counseling from YSU and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Gloris has fifteen years' experience in the behavioral health and substance abuse field. She started her career as a direct care staff member and has since become a credentialed addictions counselor, supervisor, administrator, and consultant. She has extensive knowledge of individual counseling and the treatment of mental health disorders. She utilizes a holistic and solution-focused approach to recovery. At the Palms, she is also part of the executive management team and as Clinical Director in charge of coordinating all aspects of the clinical programming within a multi-disciplinary team setting and responsible for the overall integrity and quality of services provided.

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DR. MWAWAZA SANYIKA, M.D.
Medical Director
DrSanyika@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Dr. Mwawaza Sanyika, M.D., as medical director at California Palms, is responsible for the overall integrity and quality of medical services provided to our patients. He is a licensed physician who has been board-certified in Family Practice and Holistic Medicine. His twenty-three years of hospital medicine experience includes medical-surgical and intensive care unit medicine, as well as long term acute care (LTACH) hospital Medicine. Dr. Sanyika was a National Medical Fellowship Scholar at the Wright State University School Of Medicine and was conferred with the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1998. Dr. Sanyika’s medical focus is in holistic medicine and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid and alcohol use disorders. At the Palms, he is part of the executive management team, and, as Medical Director, is in charge of coordinating all aspects of the medical programming within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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MARIE TURNER, RN
Director of Nursing
Marie@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Marie Turner, RN, Director of Nursing at California Palms, has centered her career around helping those with substance use disorders. She has been a registered nurse for twenty years and her experience includes directing nurses at various hospitals. Marie is instrumental in developing and training our healthcare professionals with exceptional customer service and effective communication. At the Palms Marie gathers data from clients regarding medical and drug use history; reviews each client's medical/physical history and coordinates client care. She oversees the other nurses, responds to emergency situations, coordinates medical care with our physician, and processes urine drug screens.

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SEBASTIAN RUCCI, JD, CDCA
Executive Director
Sebastian@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Sebastian is the owner of the Palms which he created after suffering the loss of two brothers to addiction. Sebastian is a licensed engineer, attorney, and chemical dependency counselor and has thirty years’ experience in business development. He is the Executive Director responsible for the overall integrity and quality of services provided, and the overall governance and financial function. He drives his unique and innovative vision of superior addiction and 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 Chemical Dependency (CDCA) certificate.

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SHEILA STAUFFER, MS, LPC
Mental Health Counselor
Sheila@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Sheila Stauffer is a state-licensed professional counselor (LPC) with more than ten years of professional experience in counseling and therapy. She has extensive training and experience in working with those suffering from addiction. She holds a Masters's degree from Walden University in psychology. At California Palms, Sheila is a Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual therapy sessions related to substance abuse and mental health within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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AVA JESSUP-FIELD MS, LPC
Mental Health Counselor
Ava@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Ava Jessup-Field is a state-licensed professional counselor (LPC) with more than four years of professional experience in counseling and therapy. She has extensive training and experience in working with those suffering from addiction. She holds a Masters's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. At California Palms, Ave is a Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual therapy sessions related to substance abuse and mental health within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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KELLY GARGUS, RN
Nurse
Kelly@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Kelly Gargus, RN, is a registered nurse with nineteen years of experience in the medical field. Kelly’s passion for this work is highly personal, having lost her son to addiction. At the Palms Kelly gathers data from clients regarding medical and drug use history; reviews each client's medical/physical history and coordinates client care. Kelly also responds to emergency situations, coordinates medical care with our physician, and processes urine drug screens.

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ELIZABETH BECKLEY, CDCA
Case Management Director
ElizabethBeckley@Caliparc.com
Cell: (330) 717-9241
Work: (330) 935-2663

Elizabeth is a state-licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant with ten years of experience in the behavioral health and substance abuse field. Elizabeth has ten years of 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 Case Management Director assisting patients with their case management needs. She handles all arrangements concerning patients and staff training for new case managers. She provides informal counseling and guidance to clients, makes appropriate referrals for services not provided, assists clients in filling out forms for social services benefits, assists clients in re-entering society and re-engaging in their lives upon discharge, assist clients in finding housing, employment and arranging for outpatient treatment after discharge, and preparing clients’ discharge.

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SAM NAPLES, BS, CDCA
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Sam@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Sam Naples Naples has a Bachelor's in Psychology from Youngstown State University and is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA). At the Palms, Sam specializes in group therapy sessions for those undergoing treatment within a multi-disciplinary team setting. Sam Naples is also an eighth-degree grandmaster in Tae Kwon Do with over forty years’ experience teaching the art. At the Palms, he also teaches meditation which helps clients get in touch with their spiritual side and deal with stress and anxiety. He is also certified in hypnotherapy and assists clients to quit smoking.

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GENE WALKER, AAS, CDCA
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Gene@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Gene Walker is a state-licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant with five years of experience in the behavioral health and substance abuse field. A strong client advocate, Gene has extensive knowledge of care for adults struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. At the Palms, Gene assists patients with their case management needs by providing counseling and guidance to find housing and employment. He also specializes in group therapy sessions and individual therapy related to substance abuse, within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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MATTEO RUCCI, CDCA
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Matteo@Caliparc.com
(330) 935-2663

Matteo Rucci is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA). At California Palms, he specializes in admissions and individual and group therapy related to substance abuse, within a multi-disciplinary team setting. He also assists clients in re-entering society and re-engaging in their lives upon discharge, assist clients in finding housing, employment and arranging for outpatient treatment after discharge, and preparing clients’ discharge.

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JOE BOWEN, MA, CDCA
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Joe@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Joe Bowen is a state-licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant with ten years of experience in the substance abuse field. Joe has a master's degree in counseling from Slippery Rock University. Joe has extensive knowledge of care for adults struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. At the Palms, Joe specializes in group therapy sessions and individual therapy related to substance abuse, within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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TINA RHODES, CDCA
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Tina@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Tina Rhodes is a state-licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant with eight years of experience in the behavioral health and substance abuse field. Tina has extensive knowledge of care for adults struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. At the Palms, Tine assists patients with their case management needs by providing counseling and guidance to find housing and employment. She provides counseling and guidance to clients and assist clients in finding housing, employment and preparing clients in re-entering society and re-engaging in their lives upon discharge. Tina also specializes in group therapy sessions and individual therapy related to substance abuse, within our multi-disciplinary team setting.

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NATALIE PRIDDY, BS, CDCA
Case Manager
Natalie@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Natalie is a state-licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant with five years of experience assisting those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Natalie has a Bachelors Degree from Strayer University in Criminal Justice and extensive knowledge of care for adults struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. At the Palms, Natalie is a Case Manager assisting patients with their case management needs. She provides counseling and guidance to clients, makes appropriate referrals for services not provided, assists clients in filling out forms for social services benefits, assists clients in re-entering society and re-engaging in their lives upon discharge, assist clients in finding housing, employment and arranging for outpatient treatment after discharge, and preparing clients’ discharge.

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TONI GOLDSBORO, MS, CDCA
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Toni@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Toni 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, Toni has training and experience in working with those suffering from addiction. She holds a Master's degree from Walden University in counseling.  At California Palms, Toni is a Chemical Dependency Counselor specializing in individual and group therapy related to substance abuse, within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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JOSHUA KNISLEY, BS, CDCA
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Joshua@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Joshua Knisley is a military veteran with extensive professional experience in chemical dependency counseling and therapy. He has a bachelor's in psychology from Liberty University. He has extensive experience from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and is a strong client advocate working with those suffering from addiction. At California Palms, Josh works part-time as a Chemical Dependency Counselor specializing in individual and group therapy related to substance abuse, within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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GARY TAYLOR, CDCA
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Gary@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Gary Taylor is a state-licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant with extensive knowledge of care for adults struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. At the Palms, Gary specializes in group therapy sessions and individual therapy related to substance abuse, within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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MELONIE BRUSSE, LPN
Nurse
Melonie@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Melonie Brusse is a state licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), at California Palms, she is our Staff Nurse, she gathers data from clients regarding medical and drug use history; reviews each client's medical/physical history and refers clients as needed to a private physician for medical evaluation. She responds to emergency situations, summons 911 and CPR/First Aid; schedules clients with outside physicians for medical care; assists staff and clients in mastering proper infection control procedures to prevent the spread of infections, and processes urine drug screens.

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MICHELLE RUCCI, CCMA, CDCA
Medical Assistant and Chemical Dependency Counselor
Michelle@Caliparc.com
(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 n prevention and treatment. Michelle also handles staff training concerning medical and emergency issues and handles coordination with our telemedicine. Michelle also specializes in individual counseling and group therapy related to substance abuse, within a multi-disciplinary team setting. She also assists clients in finding housing, employment and arranging for outpatient treatment after discharge, and preparing clients’ discharge.

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DR. KAREN GIORGETTI, Ph.D., Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist
karen@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Dr. Giorgetti is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and a professor of psychology at YSU with a Ph.D. in Psychology from Purdue University. She 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 is associated with the Palms as its Psychologist through her company Hope Healing providing psychotherapy treatment and mental health therapy.

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

Dr. Altman is a veteran with over twenty years of 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, etc. Dr. Altman works with the patients from his office and provides a positive, supportive, environment where patients have an opportunity to be healed of their emotional pain and fears. Dr. Altman encourages the patients to shift their thinking from predominately negative and fearful, to positive and hopeful.

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DR. HOLLY MAGGIANO, M.D.
Horticulture Therapy
EarthAngelFarms@gmail.com

Dr. Maggiano is a state-licensed medical doctor with twenty-eight years of experience specializing in neurology. Dr. Maggiano has training in horticulture therapy and is a 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 patients undergoing treatment. Dr. Maggiano also works off-site with the patients at various greenhouses.

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GREG WALLER, Ph.D.
Chief Financial Officer
Greg@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Dr. Waller is a professor of finance with a Ph.D. in finance from Purdue University. He has owned and managed several companies and served as an outside consultant to numerous firms in the areas of corporate finance and strategy. He consults with the Palms on the organization's financial goals, objectives, and budgets.

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MARGE NELSON
Administrator
Marge@Caliparc.com
(800) 262-3742

Marge has twenty years of supervisory experience and knowledge of rules and regulations of the healthcare industry. At the Palms, she provides ongoing supervision of the clerical and support staff; assists with the annual review of non-clinical personnel; assists in developing and implementing procedures as related to non-clinical care; manages client flow; is responsible for scheduling appointments; screens emergencies; makes appropriate referrals for services not provided, and obtains necessary authorizations for treatment.

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LARRY TROMBITAS
Tai Chi Master
lctrombitas@att.net
(800) 262-3742

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 of experience teaching the art. Larry has twenty years of personal recovery experience. At the Palms, Larry teaches The Art of Tai Ruach (Tai Chi).

PHONE (800) 262-3742 We accept Medicaid insurance from Molina, Paramount, Buckeye and United. We accept Veteran insurance from Tricare, Humana and Triwest. We accept commercial insurance from Anthem, Cigna, and Aetna.