Meet Our Staff

Just as every client matters to Las Vegas Recovery Center, so does every employee…

Collectively, our goals at Las Vegas Recovery Center are to help those suffering from chronic pain and/or addiction to understand their disease, to realize their full potential, and to learn to live life productively and free from dependency upon drugs and/or alcohol. From our executive leadership team to our supporting staff, we work as a team to to ensure that every client receives the specialized care that makes the Las Vegas Recovery Center a nationally renowned addiction treatment and co-occurring chronic pain treatment center.

We encourage you to browse through the many individuals whose contributions have positively impacted the lives of so many.

Executive & Senior Leadership

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith

Chairman

About Stuart P. Smith
John Seeland, JD, MBA, MHS

John Seeland, JD, MBA, MHS

Chief Executive Officer

About John Seeland
Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Chief Medical Officer

About Mel Pohl
Bruce Kaplan, MD

Bruce Kaplan, MD

Medical Director

About Bruce Kaplan, MD
George Gatski, MBA, CADC

George Gatski, MBA, CADC

Chief Operating Officer

About George D. Gatski
Justin Fisse

Justin Fisse

VP of Business Development and Admissions

Johanna O’Flaherty, PhD, LADAC II, CEAP

Johanna O’Flaherty, PhD, LADAC II, CEAP

Senior Fellow of Clinical Services

About Johanna O’Flaherty

Admissions & Outreach

Outreach

 Vanessa Starr-Comiskey

Vanessa Starr-Comiskey

Community Relations Representative

Reade Hulburd

Reade Hulburd

Community Relations Representative

Elizabeth Lyle

Elizabeth Lyle

SoCal Marketing Representative

Jolene Baney

Jolene Baney

Southwest Marketing Representative

About Jolene Baney
Nicola (Nicci) Noteboom

Nicola (Nicci) Noteboom

Northwest Marketing Representative

Bryan Spircu

Bryan Spircu

Marketing Coordinator

Admissions

Elaine Peneyra, RN

Admissions Manager

Kristi Gibson

Kristi Gibson

Senior Admissions Counselor

About Kristi Gibson
Toni Sanders

Toni Sanders

Senior Admissions Counselor

About Antoinette Sanders
Joseph Soprano

Joseph Soprano

Admissions Counselor

Channing Cannon

Channing Cannon

Admissions Counselor

Nichole Tripoli

Nichole Tripoli

Admissions Counselor

Medical Staff & Nursing

Kasey Dean, NP, PMHNP

Kasey Dean, NP, PMHNP

Director of Nursing

Kasey Dean
John Lanzillotta, PA-C

John Lanzillotta, PA-C

Physician Assistant

John Lanzillotta

Karri Donham, MA

Nursing Administrative Coordinator

Carson Davis, RN

Registered Nurse

Kim Barfell, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Mary Streets, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Connie Ellis, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Susan Smith, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Adele Cook, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Eva Mendoza-Rader, MA

Medical Assistant

Qiyan Benford, MA

Medical Assistant

Jacqueline Miller

Medical Assistant

Ava Williams, MA

Medical Assistant

Jamie Thurman, MA

Medical Assistant

Counseling & Clinical Staff

 Dan Shiode, PhD

Dan Shiode, PhD

Clinical Director

About Dan Shiode
Robert Hunter, PhD

Robert Hunter, PhD

Consulting Psychologist

About Rob Hunter

Inpatient & Residential Counselors

Paul Hinshaw, CADC

Paul Hinshaw, CADC

Senior Inpatient Counselor

About Paul Hinshaw

Gail Papandrea, MS, LADC

Inpatient Counselor

Laura Plowman, BA, CADC

Laura Plowman, BA, CADC

Inpatient Counselor

Kristen Babakitis, BA, CADC

Kristen Babakitis, BA, CADC

Inpatient Counselor

Alvin Elliot

Alvin Elliot

Residential Services Manager & Alumni Coordinator

Stephanie Lara

Stephanie Lara

Case Manager

Outpatient Counselors

Hortensia DeJesus, CADC, NCACII, SAP

Family Services and Outpatient Manager

About

Anna Szostak, CADC

IOP Counselor

Brent Poradish, CADC-I

IOP Counselor

Joseph Gruger, CADC

Inpatient Counselor

Inpatient & Residential Clinical Support Staff

 Angelo Mandell

Angelo Mandell

Clinical Associate Manager

 Dusty Howland

Dusty Howland

Senior Clinical Associate/Client Services Coordinator

Tiffany Simmons

Clinical Associate

Kimbra Webb

Clinical Associate

Ariann Chelli

Clinical Associate

Danielle Allen

Clinical Associate

Holistic & Wellness

 Rich Bakir, DC

Rich Bakir, DC

Chiropractic

 Jason Harper, AFFA

Jason Harper, AFFA

Strength & Conditioning Trainer

Cheryl Slader

Cheryl Slader

Certified Jivamukti Yoga Instructor

Clarence Garcia

Clarence Garcia

Licensed Massage Therapist

Jessica Walter, OMD

Acupuncture

Intake & Utilization Review

 Sandra Michael, CADC-I

Sandra Michael, CADC-I

Utilization Review

About Sandra Michael
Nicole Davis

Nicole Davis

Client Care Coordinator

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