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, ParamountUnited, Tricare, Humana, Triwest, BCBS, United, Cigna, and Aetna.

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GERALD D. SHULMAN, MA, FACATA
Program Director
Jerry@Caliparc.com
(330) 935-2663

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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DR. KAREN GIORGETTI, Ph.D., Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist
karen@Caliparc.com
(330) 935-2663

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 works part-time at the Palms as Clinical Psychologist providing psychotherapy treatment of those undergoing treatment and provides direction for innovative addiction and mental health therapy.

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ANN BRANDT, LPCC-S, M.S.Ed.
Clinical Director
Ann@Caliparc.com
(330) 935-2663

Ann is a state Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Designation (LPCC-S). She has a Master's degree and twenty-five years' experience in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. She has extensive experience in treating substance abuse, chemical dependency, addiction, mental health counseling, and PTSD. At the Palms, as Clinical Director she directs the clinical staff on therapy related to substance abuse and mental health counseling.

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ED DYER, LPCC-S, M.S.Ed.
Clinical Director Emeritus (Advisor)
Ed@Caliparc.com
(330) 935-2663

Ed is a state Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Designation (LPCC-S). He has a master and bachelor's in psychology from YSU. He has forty years' experience in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. He has extensive experience in treating substance abuse, chemical dependency, addiction, mental health counseling, and PTSD. At the Palms, as Clinical Director Emeritus he advises the clinical staff on therapy related to substance abuse and mental health counseling.

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SABINA ZARLENGA, LPCC, M.S.
Mental Health Clinician
Sabina@Caliparc.com
(330) 935-2663

Sabina is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with four years of experience in chemical dependency and mental health counseling and therapy. She holds a masters of science in clinical psychology with a specialization in forensic psychology, a master of science in mental health counseling, and a bachelor of arts in psychology. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). A strong client advocate, Sabina has training and experience in working with those suffering from addiction, mental health, and domestic violence. At California Palms, Sabina specializes in individual therapy related to substance abuse and mental health within a multi-disciplinary team setting.
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SEBASTIAN RUCCI, PE, JD, CDCA
Executive Director
Sebastian@Caliparc.com
Cell: (330) 720-0398
Palms: (330) 935-2663

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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Desiree McDevitt, LCDC-III
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Desiree@Caliparc.com
(330) 935-2663

Desiree is a licensed chemical dependency counselor with more than ten years of professional experience in chemical dependency counseling and therapy. Her specialty is in guiding clients toward recovery from addiction. A strong client advocate, Desiree has training and experience in working with those suffering from addiction. At California Palms, Desiree is a Chemical Dependency Counselor specializing in individual therapy related to substance abuse, within a multi-disciplinary team setting.

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SAM NAPLES, Grand Master, CDCA
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Sam@CaliParc.com
(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 Bachelor degree in Psychology from Youngstown State University and is certified in hypnotherapy. He is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA). At the Palms, Grand Master Naples is a Chemical Dependency Counselor specializing in group therapy related to substance abuse, within a multi-disciplinary team setting. He also teaches The Art of Tae Kwon Do for personal development to veterans in recovery. Grand Master Naples also teaches meditation which helps clients get in touch with their spiritual side. Mediation helps to deal with stress and anxiety.

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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 is also a state-licensed peer supporter. 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 veterans with their case management needs. She handles all arrangements concerning veterans 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. She also specializes in assisting veterans to secure treatment at the Palms.

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

Matteo Rucci is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA). At California Palms, he undertakes initial assessment and 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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WANDA SIEKKINEN, CDCA, MS
Assistant Chemical Dependency Counselor
Wanda@Caliparc.com
(330) 935-2663

Wanda is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA), she has a Masters Degree. At California Palms, she undertakes initial assessment and 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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MICHELLE RUCCI, CCMA, CDCA & CMAA
Medical Assistant and Case Manager
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 (Express Healthcare). Michelle also assists veterans with their case management needs, 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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KATIE FISHER, RN
Staff Nurse
Katie@Caliparc.com
(330) 935-2663

Katie Fisher is a state licensed Registered Nurse, 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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DR. JOSEPH ALTMAN Psy.D. Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist
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. HOLLY MAGGIANO, M.D.
Horticulture Therapy
EarthAngelFarms@gmail.com
(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 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 veterans undergoing treatment. Dr. Maggiano also works off-site with the veterans at various greenhouses.

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GREG WALLER, Ph.D.
Chief Financial Officer
Greg@Caliparc.com
(330) 935-2663

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
Cell: (330) 503-0320
Palms: (330) 935-2663

Marge has twenty years 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 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, Master
Tai Chi Master
lctrombitas@att.net
(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).

PHONE (800) 262-3742 We accept Medicaid insurance from Molina, Paramount, and United. We accept Veteran insurance from Tricare, Humana Military, Triwest, VA Community Care, and VA Mission Act. We accept commercial insurance from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, United, Cigna, and Aetna.