Our experienced team is committed to transforming alcohol addiction treatment
Our Medical Team
John Mendelson, MD
CMO & PHYSICIAN
Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Senior Research Scientist Friends Research Institute; Medical Director, Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment (BAART) Programs; Distinguished in Clinical Research and Primary Care Medical Practice.
Over 25 years experience in emergency psychiatric care. Published researcher and author. Clinical Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry at UCSF School of Medicine. International clinical and teaching experience. Former Medical Director, the Stonewall Project.
Board-certified internist with over 14 years experience in internal medicine, and 5 years clinical experience in addiction treatment. Also an experienced biochemist. Licensed to practice medicine in 7 states.
Best career decision, joining the Ria Health medical team. After spending the last 10 years working with individuals in a more traditional setting, I am excited about the Ria Health telemedicine platform as a means of expanding access to care.
Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Texas at El Paso, many years of experience as an FNP and PMHNP treating clients with various medical and mental health disorders. Director of the PMHNP-DNP Program at the University of San Francisco, and currently on the medical team at Ria Health.
Family Nurse Practitioner with broad experience in the medical field—including long term care, hospice, home health care, ER, ICU, telemedicine, and outpatient addiction treatment. Currently pursuing certification in Psychiatric Mental Health.
Vitalia Ngala, DNP
Certified FNP with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. My primary clinic practice includes medication-based treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders, including provision of mental health services such as cognitive behavioral therapy.
Rachel Botkin, FNP-C
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner with experience in multiple areas of the care spectrum—including urgent care and clinical instruction. I enjoy connecting with Ria’s members on the telehealth platform, and feel that it expands their access to care.
Pursuing a bachelor’s in biopsychology from Tufts University as a pre-med student. Especially interested in pharmacotherapy, medical research, and helping others. Experienced in addiction assistance.
CUSTOMER CARE/MEDICAL ASSISTANT
Pre-med student with a bachelor’s in psychology, currently studying under Dr. John Mendelson. Dedicated to maximizing quality of care for patients, and supporting the Ria team through research and development.
Pursuing a bachelor’s in Neuropharmacology at Pitzer College. Particularly interested in alternative forms of pharmacotherapy, and treatment for addiction and mood disorders.
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant with an Associates of Science. Pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Registered Nursing, with over 6 years of medical and behavioral health experience. Dedicated to improving the overall health of members.
Our Coaching Team
Alex Lee, DSW, LCSW
DIRECTOR OF COACHING
Designed over 6 evidence-based interventions; Led large teams in military, academic, government, nonprofit, and community settings to treat addiction & mental health; Start up virtual health clinics in US & Canada; Professor at University of Denver; Clinical expert in addiction, mental health, and trauma.
Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor with nearly nine years in the field. Extensive experience in harm reduction and medication-assisted treatment, and a great supporter of the pragmatic advantages that Ria Health provides its members.
17 years of experience in social work and substance abuse counseling, including a decade in social services. Main counseling strengths include motivational interviewing, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, and encouraging healthy self-care.
REGISTERED RECOVERY COACH
Masters in Public Health, with over a decade in social services—including work with youth in recovery and incarcerated individuals. Skilled in counseling, group facilitation, and designing effective care strategies.
ENROLLMENT COUNSELOR & REGISTERED RECOVERY COACH
9 years coaching experience. Passionate about supporting people on their path of growth. Psychology degree and background in program development for homeless services, functional medicine, nutrition, yoga, and personal training.
Passionate about building connections with people and supporting them on their growth journey. Background in trauma recovery, and 5 years in the health and wellness field.
Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies, and extensive experience in child behavioral health. Currently pursing a Masters of Social Work. Dedicated to giving each person the comfort and attention they deserve on every call.
Masters in Clinical Psychology with three years of experience in behavioral health. Self-love enthusiast, with a passion for self-actualization and empowering others on their journey to living their definition of a good life.
Life, relationship, and success coach with a background in entrepreneurship, communication, and health and wellness. Personal growth junkie and trauma informed mental health advocate. Passionate about holding space and meeting each member where they’re at.
Our Administrative Team
Advisor, growth consultant, CEO; Positioning, Go to market, Marketing & Sales Operations, M&A, and Analytics. CEO with successful exits.
David Deacon, PhD
Entrepreneur, scientist, engineer; Founder CEO or CTO, four tech startups in consumer electronics, telecom; angel investor; NIH Principal Advisor commercialization; 62 US patents.
Bob Nix, PhD
Entrepreneur, Architect, Technologist; VP R&D and Principal Architect, Athena Health; CTO VP Eng. Peppercoin; Founder or CTO six more startups in fintech, enterprise software, ecommerce.
DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT
10 years experience in tech and healthcare startups. Passionate about companies that blaze new paths and create new solutions. Dedicated to building teams that help drive that innovation, and supporting candidates on a human level.
Katie Lain Goyatton
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Advocate for pharmacotherapy as an empowering way to overcome alcohol dependence. Background in marketing, media and community building efforts. Personal experience with overcoming alcohol dependence using pharmacotherapy.
Experienced bilingual (English/Spanish) full cycle recruiter, with a demonstrated history of working in the healthcare industry. Passionate about communicating with people to uncover their goals and values, and match them with the right career move.
REVENUE CYCLE MANAGER – CLAIMS RECONCILIATION
Twenty-five years in healthcare, incuding fifteen with athenahealth as an SME in both Operations and Revenue Cycle Management. Passionate about working with companies whose mission and purpose is focused on the patient and their healthcare experiences.
REVENUE CYCLE MANAGER
Certified athenaNet Jedi Master with over 17 years of teaching experience. Loves teaching athenaNet end-user trainings and showing staff and providers how to work within the system efficiently.
Enthusiast in building scalable real-time systems. Backend developer for athenaText and Epocrates. Over a decade of experience working with healthcare professionals.
New York-based professional writer, editor, and fundraising consultant, with over three decades of experience in print and online text, public relations, and social media.
Content writer and editor with a background in music marketing and academic research. Dedicated to bridging the “information gap,” making the abstract or complex easier to grasp.
Background in education, with experience finding holistic solutions to meet family needs, and communicating compassionately. Highly passionate about contributing meaningfully to people’s lives, and making a positive change in the world.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING COORDINATOR
Bachelors in Design and Merchandising with a focus on social media strategy and design. Devoted to connecting customers to Ria through social media. Passionate about restoring the balance within our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
ACTOR, NCPRSS Certified
Founder of C Three Foundation to help raise awareness of The Sinclair Method treatment for problem drinking. Film & Television actor with over 50 films and television roles to her credit.
Director, Addiction Recovery Research Center, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; past Wilbur Mills Professor of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Prevention, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Addiction and Mental Health Appel Professor and Vice Chair Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, U. Pennsylvania; Naltrexone developer; chair DSM-V committee for diagnosis of mental illness and addiction.
Neurology of Alcohol Addiction CSO Amygdala Neurosciences; Senior Advisor, Gilead; Prof. and Vice Chair Neurology, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology (Emeritus), UCSF; Founding Director, Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center for neuroscience of alcohol on the human brain.