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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:

Administration:

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
     
  Imani J. Walker, D.O. - Staff Psychiatrist
Dr. Walker is a physician trained in General Adult Psychiatry. She graduated from a Psychiatry residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry from Sepulveda VA-UCLA Medical Center. She holds a doctorate in medicine from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine & a Master's of Science in Public Health from Tulane University. She also studied acupuncture at Helms Medical Institute during residency. Her approach to her patients combines holistic and traditional Western medical practices which include the role of proper nutrition and exercise to one's well being.
     
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.
     

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.
     

Counselors:

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   Ron Park, M.A. - Counselor
Ron has been involved in both treatment and research of compulsive behaviors, especially drug addiction, for over 20 years. Ron has more than six years experience with traumatically brain injured individuals, developmentally disabled, and learning disabled persons. Ron has been very involved in research and teaching at the university level for more than 12 years. Ron is currently finishing his PsyD.
     
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.
     
Katie Richiger   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.
     
Katie Richiger   Wendy DeAugustine, L.M.F.T. - Counselor
Wendy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Art Therapy. Wendy has worked with children, adolescents and adults focusing on individual, family and group therapy including those suffering from severe mental illness, eating disorders, co-occurring disorders and trauma. Wendy has extensive experience with 12-Step work. She believes in the power of Art Therapy to help patients externalize their problems and reframe negative core beliefs to assist them in their recovery.
     

  Jody Evans, M.F.T. - Counselor
     

  Tracy Gottbetter, M.F.T. - Counselor
     
     

Dietary:

  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

Exercise:

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
     
     

Accounting:



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
     



Nursing:

Registered Nurses
Kristen Bailey
Brittany Chik
Cristy Daria
Erika Estrada
Melanie Gonzaga
Melinda Gonzalez
Marianna Kaldi
Robert Menga
Taryn Miller
Olivia Rodriguez
Erica Serrato Vasquez
Isaac Lieberman
 
Licensed Vocational Nurses
Gloria Batarse
Michella Gonzalez
Gale B. Inciong
Cindy Lubid
Melissa Lugo
Gina Malbas
Cynthia McLaurin
Suzanne Mendez
Shirley Pirtle
Sheena Raymundo
Katherine Lleva
 
Mental Health Workers
Angela Bustos
Karissa Carbajal
Anthony Vera
Arleane Ocon
Sam Mata

Medical Records:

Lori Salmons - Medical Records Consultant
 

Plant Maintenance and Housekeeping:

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

Kitchen:

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
Phillip Ortega - Food Service Worker/Cook
Tessa Calahan - Dietary Aide
Tasneem Legohn - Food Service Worker