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Our Medical Team

Ria Health’s medical staff is a team of addiction experts and experienced care providers. Each is committed to empathy, non-judgemental support, and providing treatment that is tailored to the individual’s needs and goals.

John Mendelson, MD

Founder and Chief Medical Officer. Board Certified Internist with over 30 years of research and practice in the field of addiction treatment.

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Paul Linde

Paul R. Linde, MD

Over 25 years’ experience in emergency psychiatric care.Clinical Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry at UCSF School of Medicine.

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Samuel Leibovici, MD

Board-certified internist with over 14 years’ experience in internal medicine, and 5 years’ clinical experience in treating addiction.

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Vipul Patel, MD

25-plus years practicing Internal Medicine, with over 20 years treating addiction. Dedicated to honesty, transparency, and direct patient care.

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Micah Hale, DO

Certified osteopath and family physician. Nearly 2 decades in emergency room care—including treating addiction and withdrawal.

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Linda Hickman, RN

Registered Nurse specializing in substance abuse and mental health. Over a decade of experience in addiction recovery management.

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Trinette L. Radasa, DNP

Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Doctorate in Nursing Practice, several decades in both teaching and practice.

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Ben Gardner, DNP

Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Certified Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years’ experience in critical care and diagnostics.

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Isaiah Cruz, NP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner with broad experience in home health care, ER, ICU, telemedicine, and outpatient addiction treatment.

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Vitalia Ngala, DNP

Certified FNP with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Experienced in medication-based treatment, including mental health services.

Rachel Botkin, FNP-C

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with experience in multiple areas of the care spectrum—including urgent care and clinical instruction.

Nita Kofchock, PMHNP

Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with 15 years’ experience.

Katherine Sarsfield

Katherine Sarsfield, APRN

Advanced Practice Nurse with experience in chronic physical and mental health care, assisted living, and addiction recovery.

Our physicians and nurses are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals throughout your time with Ria, and beyond. Our team uses their expertise to help you find an approach that works for you, and continues to adjust care as needed, supporting you towards long-term success.

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How It Works

Meeting With Your Care Team

Each Ria Health member begins by meeting with one of our nurses or physicians via video chat. All meetings are confidential, and can be carried out from the privacy and comfort of home. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your goals in the program, and get a treatment plan customized to your needs.

As time goes on, you’ll continue to check in with your care team through our secure app, and have the chance to make adjustments. Our team will be there to support you throughout your journey, and ensure that you’re getting the care you need.

What To Expect in Your First Meeting

When you first meet your Ria Health medical team, you’ll have a chance to get familiarized with the program, and to discuss your goals in joining Ria. Your physician or nurse will look through your medical history, assess your current health and drinking behaviors, and help explain the different treatment options available to you.

Once your medical team is familiar with your goals and overall circumstances, they’ll then help you visualize your path through treatment, and choose the best options for your needs. Each member of our medical staff is experienced with how different patients respond to different approaches, and they’ll use that knowledge to help you figure out the best path to get started on. This often includes both prescription medications, and regular coaching sessions.

Ongoing Support and Check-Ins

As you progress through Ria’s program, you’ll continue to check in with your medical team regularly, and they’ll be there to support you throughout the process. It’s common to have many questions when you first start the program. Your team will be on hand to help you overcome any challenges, and understand what to expect.

Your physician or nurse will also help you adjust treatment to ensure you’re getting the best care possible. A major upside of Ria’s approach to alcohol addiction treatment is that it’s flexible. If one approach isn’t working, we’ll keep trying until we find the right fit.

A Comprehensive Approach

Ria’s program is designed to give you everything you need to change your relationship with alcohol from the comfort of home. Along with full medical support, members get weekly meetings with recovery coaches, access to prescription medications, online support group meetings, and a Bluetooth breathalyzer to track their progress.

All of this is managed through a convenient, HIPAA-compliant app. This means no more traveling long distances for care, and no more putting your life on hold. Get private, fully confidential support that fits into your daily life and is fully flexible to your needs. Ria even offers both moderation and abstinence as options.

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Mental Health and Alcohol Use Disorder

alcohol and mental health woman leaning on wall

Issues like anxiety and depression often go hand in hand with alcohol misuse. At Ria, we treat both problems at once, giving our members the best chance at long-term recovery.

Our expert medical team takes your whole situation into account when designing a treatment plan, including choosing medications that can help with both issues. And if you’re already getting support for anxiety or depression, our team will ensure both treatments work well together.

In weekly coaching meetings, you’ll get the chance to discuss your challenges, and learn strategies to manage difficult thought patterns and behaviors. Our coaches also help you monitor your progress, and can give you a referral for therapy if it might be helpful.

Finally, our staff are veterans at managing anxiety, depression, and other problems caused by alcohol withdrawal. At Ria, you get holistic care to help your entire self recover from alcohol use disorder, every step of the journey.

If someone joins Ria’s program with severe depression or anxiety, we may recommend a psychiatrist or a higher level of care, in addition to Ria’s program.