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Our Staff Makes The Difference

Rader Programs has assembled a multi-disciplinary team of experienced professionals, many of whom know first hand, the pain and anguish that an eating disorder can cause.

  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Registered Nurses
  • LVN's/ LPN's/ CNA's
  • Counselor Interns
  • Assessment Coordinators
  • Registered Dieticians
  • Masters Level Family Counselors
  • Exercise Counselors
  • Masters Level Primary Patient Care Counselors
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Dietary

Rader Programs Staff Biographies
Rader Programs uses an inter-disciplinary approach consisting of the following staff to address the multi-faceted nature of Eating Disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating:


Jonathon Rader   Jonathan Rader, Ph.D. - Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Rader received his doctorate from La Jolla University and has been involved in the treatment of eating disorders since 1985. His work on the relationship between sexual abuse and eating disorders has been documented in eating disorders journals and he has been interviewed on eating disorders by numerous magazines and news programs.  Dr. Rader began our program as he wanted to bring together an experienced multidisciplinary treatment team that could address the emotional, physical, nutritional, exercise, family and social components of eating disorders.
Jay Kapitz   Jay Kapitz, C.P.A. - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kapitz has been a Controller and Chief Financial Officer in the eating disorders field since 1985. He is also responsible for coordination of information and telecommunication services for Rader Programs. Jay is proud to have received his bachelor's degree from the University of California Los Angeles.
Erin Bader   Erin Bader, RN, B.C., LMFT - Administrator/Director of Nursing
Erin received her Masters of Arts Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She also has 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. After receiving her RN, she began her nursing career helping children who had been diagnosed with cancer. She found herself providing not only medical care for the child, but emotional support for the family. It was at that time she discovered her true passion and decided to pursue a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.
  Christa Vera - Program Coordinator
Christa Vera performs the very important role of Program Coordinator. Christa has extensive experience in healthcare administration with treatment facilities. She is instrumental in keeping the hospital in compliance and maintaining our policies. At the present time she is furthering her degree in health information administration. Christa not only brings a sense of security and reliability, she is warm and compassionate which is conveyed to staff and patients.

Medical Staff:

Nomi J. Fredrick, M.D.   Nomi J. Fredrick, M.D. - Medical Director
Dr. Fredrick is a graduate of the New York University School of Medicine. Nomi completed both her residency and fellowship in psychiatry at the University of California Los Angeles. She specializes in psychopharmacology. In addition to her work at Rader Programs, Dr. Fredrick does research in psychoneuro-endocrinology.
View Dr. Nomi Fredrick's Resume
Katie Richiger   Beth Jenkins, M.D. - Medical Doctor
Dr. Jenkins earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA. She received her Medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed both an internship in combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and a residency in Pediatrics at St. Vincents Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. Beth is also a certified yoga instructor. She promotes yoga and other forms of exercise, healthy eating habits and stress reduction as part of her focus on preventative medicine.
Darlene Plant   Darlene Plant, PhDi
Darlene attended California Lutheran University where she received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. She then went on to continue her education at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she received her Ph.D. in Psychology. Darlene is counseling patients and their families at Pacific Shores Hospital where she is earning her Post Doctoral hours in order to become a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Assessment and Admissions:

Robin Steiner   Robin Steiner, M.S., M.F.T. - Director of Intake and Assessment
Robin conducts consultation sessions and counsels patients and their families towards treatment. She interfaces with counseling staff as well as business services to insure delivery of insurance information to prospective patients prior to admission.

Robin attended SDSU/UCSD combined Graduate program where she received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. Robin ran a private practice in Beverly Hills, where she specialized in treating eating disordered patients with emphasis on family dynamics. Involved with psychiatric care and the treatment of eating disorders for over 25 years, she went on to become Program Director and family therapist for H.O.P.E. Institute, a pioneer residential program in the field of eating disorder treatment.
Naytee Aguilar   Naytee Aguilar - Admissions and Discharge Coordinator
Naytee has served as a patient advocate for over 15 years. She assist patients in admissions and discharge to the program. Naytee understands the key to a successful recovery is a discharge plan. Discharge planning is as crucial a step in the recovery process. Naytee helps prepare the patient for discharge and helps the patient transition from acute care to ongoing care in a way that protects the patient’s health.

Utilization Review:

Myra Ana   Myra Ana - Utilization Review Clinician
Lifelong resident of Ventura County. Registered Nurse since 1998 with over 12 years of acute care experience and 8 years with Insurance Reviews.


Katie Richiger   Katie Richiger, M.F.T.I. - Counselor
Katie Richtiger is a marriage and family therapist who graduated with her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge. Katie has extensive experience and specializes in working with those who suffer from eating disorders. She has worked in several different levels of care including inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient care. Using her personal experience with eating disorders and education, Katie relates to each patient on a personal level to help guide the patient through an individualized recovery path.
Katie Richiger   Ronna Hoffman, M.F.T. - Counselor
Ronna was licensed as an MFT in 1993, and has been helping clients for over twenty years. She attended school at UCLA and Ryokan. She has a holistic, multidisciplinary approach, and has extensive experience working on a conscious and subconscious level; bringing compassion, skill, and expertise to help individuals with eating disorders and coexisting disorders. She has a private practice in Malibu and Beverly Hills.
Tracy Larsen   Tracy Larsen, M.S.W. - Counselor
Tracy graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Humboldt State University and her Master’s of Social Work degree from California State University, Northridge. Tracy has worked with severely and chronically mentally ill patients and those suffering from substance abuse disorders. She has worked with a wide range of individuals and groups, from adolescents to older adults. Tracy has worked with compulsive and self injurious behaviors and has helped individuals, groups, and families work through trauma and other serious mental health issues.

  Jody Evans, M.F.T. - Counselor

  Tracy Gottbetter, M.F.T. - Counselor

  Kathleen Hoctor, M.F.T.I. - Counselor
Kathleen is a marriage and family therapist who graduated with her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Lutheran University. Kathleen has extensive experience working with addiction and co-occurring disorders. She has worked with individuals, couples, and families helping to empower each patient based on their strengths and needs. She has been working with clients in the community since 2008 and is passionate about increasing awareness about mental health issues.


  Anna Harris, R.D. - Dietitian
Anna Harris, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian, and holds a masters degree in nutrition from Loma Linda University with a specialty in public health nutrition. As a dietitian at PSH, Anna conducts individual nutrition assessments, leads the nutrition education group, and co-leads the “Top Chef” activity. She has both inpatient and outpatient experience doing nutrition counseling using Medical Nutrition Therapy for those suffering from chronic medical issues including eating disorders, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and gastrointestinal disorders. Her training focused on nutrition’s role in preventative healthcare, and she adopted the value of whole person care which includes not only physical health but also spiritual and  emotional health.

  Eric Salazar - Chef
Eric brings his culinary experience and management skills with a career professionally honed from his strong background in clinical nutrition. With two decades invested in this arena, starting with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, then an intensive period of therapeutic diets preparation employed with Project Angel Food in Los Angeles, he specialized in collaborating with registered dietitians in creating recipes and menus for clients. Additionally, as a former Food Service Director of two residential drug and alcohol programs treating clients with co-occurring illnesses, Eric brings his knowledge and enthusiasm to our organization.

  Elizabeth Vaccaro - Per Diem Registered Dietician


Cindy Malecky, M.B.A.
  Cindy Malecky, M.B.A. - Exercise Counselor
Ms. Malecky is originally from Connecticut but has called Southern California her home since 1986. Cindy received her Bachelors in Science from Boston University and subsequently earned her Masters from the University of Phoenix. Malecky is a Certified Health Fitness Instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine with specialized training in Pilate’s for rehabilitation. She enjoys helping individuals achieve their fitness goals.
Kate Nash   Kate Nash - Nia Technique Instructor
Kate has been teaching Nia Technique classes for over 10 years. She is a Certified Nia Black Belt Instructor and owns her own Center for wholistic wellness in Ventura, Ca - Ventura Nia Center. Nia is a Body*Mind*Emotions*Spirit movement practice which fuses Martial Arts, Dance Arts and Healing Arts together to create a fun, expressive and healing movement program for all ages and abilities.

  Stephanie Doherty - Yoga Instructor

  Andi Epstein - Yoga Instructor

  Mary Lincoln - Yoga Instructor

  Sheryl Ritchi - Yoga Instructor

  Patsy Geena Williams - Yoga Instructor


Dannie Lee - Accounting Manager
Ms. Lee has been an Accounts Payable, Contracts, and Vendor Manager since 1998.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California,  Los Angeles, in English with a Minor in Business Administration in 1996.  She is responsible for all payroll, vendor account and telecommunication coordination services for Rader Programs and provides direct support to the CEO and CFO.

Business Services:

Leah Lucchese   Leah Lucchese - Director of Business Services
Leah Lucchese has served as a patient advocate in the medical field for over a decade. With an expert understanding of Mental Health Laws, Medical Policies and Insurance Billing practices, she and her staff are here to handle the “business” of insurance so our patients can focus on the recovery process.
Nyssa Dunning   Nyssa Dunning - Accounting and Business Services Coordinator
Ms. Dunning has worked for The Rader Programs for 8 years. Nyssa enjoys working on a variety of tasks throughout the program; including insurance and benefit verifications, coordinating marketing events and staff and working as a liaison for The Rader Programs and Pacific Shores Hospital. Nyssa has helped develop and implement the Community Outreach & Alumni Coordinator positions within the marketing department.

  John Guzman - Account Representative

  David Kirkland - Account Representative

  Brenna Schulz - Account Representative

  Karen Anderson - Receptionist


Registered Nurses
Kristen Bailey
Brittany Chik
Erika Estrada
Marianna Kaldi
Robert Menga
Taryn Miller
Olivia Rodriguez
Erica Serrato Vasquez
Nicole Perez
Licensed Vocational Nurses
Gloria Batarse
Michella Gonzalez
Gale B. Inciong
Cindy Lubid
Melissa Lugo
Gina Malbas
Cynthia McLaurin
Suzanne Mendez
Sheena Raymundo
Mental Health Workers
Angela Bustos
Karissa Carbajal
Anthony Vera
Eleanor Torres

Medical Records:

Lori Salmons - Medical Records Consultant

Plant Maintenance and Housekeeping:

Joseph Scaramuzzino - Environment of Care Coordinator
Alejandra Rodriquez - Housekeeping
Laura Lopez - Housekeeping


Samantha Almanza - Food Service Worker
Akiiki Chatman - Per Diem Food Service Worker
Ashley Earle - Food Service Worker
Dorothy Dean James - Cook
Jean Paul Magallanes - Per Diem Cook
Gary Macfarlane - Food Service Worker
Ruben Reyes - Cook
Andrew Tempia - Food Service Worker
Tessa Calahan - Dietary Aide
Tasneem Legohn - Food Service Worker
Edna Clavero - Food Service Worker