The Ria Health Team

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.

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Paul Linde

Paul R. Linde, MD

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR/ PSYCHIATRIST

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.

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Samuel Leibovici, MD

PHYSICIAN

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.

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Linda Hickman

REGISTERED NURSE

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.

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Trinette L. Radasa, DNP

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER

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.

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Ben Gardner, DNP

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Nurse Practitioner with experience in diagnostics, primary care, acute care, chronic
disease care, and case management. Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of San Francisco.

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Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson, CRNP, FNP

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with over a decade of experience in mental healthcare—including eating disorders, smoking cessation, and substance abuse disorders.

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Zack Drumm

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

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.

Julien Stainback

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.

Vincent Sutton

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Pursuing a bachelor’s in Neuropharmacology at Pitzer College. Particularly interested in alternative forms of pharmacotherapy, and treatment for addiction and mood disorders.

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.

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Laura Vincent

REGISTERED RECOVERY COACH

Passionate about empowering clients to change their relationship with alcohol and build a better quality of life. Experienced helping with addiction, trauma, and mood disorders.

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Maricela Ramos

REGISTERED RECOVERY COACH

Dedicated to collaborating with members in utilizing new strategies, and their experience with co-occurring disorders, to achieve their desired relationship with alcohol.

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Brenda Lewis

REGISTERED RECOVERY COACH

Over 6 years of experience in substance-abuse counseling, with a background in nonprofit, community-based services. Committed to fighting addiction from a holistic and harm reduction standpoint.

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Mauricio Toussaint

Mauricio Toussaint

REGISTERED RECOVERY COACH

Substance abuse counselor with a background in working with individuals with co-occurring disorders. Experienced in harm reduction and person-centered approaches to treating addiction.

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Jonathan Wean

Jonathan Wean

REGISTERED RECOVERY COACH

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 the Ria program provides its clients.

Nikki Stern

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.

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Enrollment Counselors

Marcela Huckaby

ENROLLMENT COUNSELOR

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.

Casidy Gregory

Casidy Gregory

ENROLLMENT COUNSELOR

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.

Lynnquell Gardiner

Lynnquell Gardiner

ENROLLMENT COUNSELOR

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.

Aly Tracy

Aly Tracy

ENROLLMENT COUNSELOR

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

Tom Nix

CEO

Advisor, growth consultant, CEO; Positioning, Go to market, Marketing & Sales Operations, M&A, and Analytics. CEO with successful exits.

David Deacon, PhD

COO

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

CTO

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.

Lauren Akins

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.

Julie Marshall

BILLING SPECIALIST

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.

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Kim Stairs

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.

Bruce Hodges

SOCIAL MEDIA

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.

Evan O'Donnell

MARKETING ASSISTANT/CONTENT WRITER

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.

Sam Xu

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Enthusiast in building scalable real-time systems. Backend developer for athenaText and Epocrates. Over a decade of experience working with healthcare professionals.

Advisory Board

Claudia Christian

 ACTOR, NCPRSS Certified

ADVISOR

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.

Warren Bickel

 PhD.

ADVISOR

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.

Charles O’Brien

 MD. PhD.

ADVISOR

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.

Ivan Diamond

MD. PhD.

ADVISOR

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.

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