Our Team

Paul Auchterlonie, M.Ed. - CEO, Paradigm Treatment

Paul has nearly three decades of experience consulting for leading healthcare, education and behavioral healthcare entities nationwide. As an executive advisor, CEO and expert in education & behavioral health, he has spent the past decade running his own consulting practice, focusing primarily on turning around and guiding entities in the behavioral health space. Paul enjoys building teams and companies, improving revenue cycle management, customer service workflows and infrastructure, marketing & PR, and is passionate about creating socially impactful entities.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Paul worked for a research firm evaluating educational and mental health programs.  He then earned his master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied social sector administration. Paul has worked for Harvard University, Elements Behavioral Health (startup phase 2009), Aspen Education Group, and The Right Step. Paul is a thought leader and frequent keynote speaker in the field. Although he has accomplished a great deal professionally, he cites his proudest achievement as being a dad to six children – four of his own and two step kids – now all in high school and college.

Dustin Wagner, M.A., LPC (LPC13993) - Chief Operating Officer

Dustin holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Northern Arizona University and has over 15 years working with adolescents. He oversees all operations of all Paradigm Treatment Center locations, including day-to-day programming treatment content and quality, growth management and strategy, and team support to all therapeutic and operational staff. Having previously worked at Paradigm in the roles of therapist and program director, Dustin is also a skilled family therapist, with a focus on family systems, and continues to provide direct support both to Paradigm parents as well as youth.

Prior to joining the Paradigm team, Dustin served as Program Manager at Arizona Child and Family Support Services in Flagstaff, an agency providing community based wraparound services for youth and family treatment. At CFSS, Dustin also built, facilitated and oversaw an Intensive Outpatient Program. He also served as an individual and group therapist for Northern Arizona Substance Abuse Services working with the Drug Court; as a therapist for youth in juvenile detention; and as a wilderness therapist for a program that worked throughout Northern Arizona. He is a National Board Certified Counselor and is certified in EMDR therapy.

Dustin’s commitment and motivation as both a therapist and manager stem from his deep desire and hope to meet teens where they are and to provide the insightful support and guidance they need to make deep changes that will profoundly improve their well-being, their relationships, and their futures.

Scott Barshack, M.D. (A61179) - Psychiatrist

Dr. Barshack is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Maryland Medical School. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Barshack has been working with teens and their families for more than thirty years including both inpatient and outpatient psychopharmacology. He finds that many of the adolescents who come to Paradigm are over medicated rather than undereducated. He is devoted to responsible titration when appropriate and insuring that young people are treated as a whole, rather than simply treating their symptoms. He share’s Paradigm’s philosophy that medication should be a last resort rather than a quick and easy fix. In addition, Dr Barshack is an avid SF Giants and Forty Niners fan and enjoys cross country bicycle trips in his free time.


Claudia Viadro, M.A., LMFT (41816) - Clinical Supervisor

Claudia Viadro is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University’s Holistic Studies program. She is trained in EMDR and trauma-informed care. Claudia has extensive experience working with teens and their families through the provision of individual, group and family psychotherapy in intensive outpatient, school-based, and community mental health settings. While supervising school-based counseling programs, providing intensive outpatient therapy to adolescents in a day treatment program, and coordinating an evidenced based, mental health and substance abuse prevention and early intervention program for teens, she focused on a range of adolescent mental health issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, addictive behaviors, personality disturbances, and traumatic stress. Claudia’s approach to psychotherapy, is informed by Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Attachment, and Systems Theory.

Dianna Welsh, M.S., LMFT (#116645) - Program Director

Dianna holds a Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University at Sacramento and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. She served as a research assistant at San Diego State University before shifting her focus to working directly with youth in a clinical setting. Her experience in an inpatient psychiatric hospital is where she developed her passion for serving teens and their families. In addition to her experience providing individual and family therapy in a residential treatment setting for youth struggling with severe depression, trauma, and family and psychosocial issues, Dianna is a skilled administrator who has trained graduate students in clinical assessments and therapeutic protocols for in-patient mental health care.

Dianna believes in a strength-based and holistic approach to treatment. She believes whole-heartedly in the healing nature of human connection and the importance of teens being seen and valued for who they really are. She employs a range of therapeutic approaches and combines them in a way intended to honor the unique experiences and self-discovery of each teen. Dianna strives to create an authentic and healing connection with the youth in her care.

Kelani Cross - HR Specialist

Kelani received her certification in Clarity Direct Neurofeedback from the Dublin Clinic in LA and provides sessions to youth, in conjunction with their greater treatment goals.  She’s also certified in P.E.T (Parent Effectiveness Training) sessions, which she offers to Paradigm parents.  Kelani also works with youth in equine and animal assisted therapies and coordinates and facilitates the alumni events, which are designed to bring youth together to inspire, sustain, and celebrate their continued healing and growth.

Prior to joining the Paradigm team, Kelani served as a house manager for a residential dual diagnosis program and at the Teen Project for Homeless Youth in Venice, California.  In addition to her work at Paradigm, she is actively involved in sponsoring women in recovery, local and international volunteer work, Jiu Jitsu and surfing.  Kelani deeply enjoys helping youth to discover their own authentic paths toward authentic healing and exciting new potential of life.

Brittany Schiro - Educational Coordinator/Teacher

Brittany Schiro obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Her experience includes providing community-based individual and group counseling to teens struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and trauma and providing counseling and group facilitation in a substance abuse treatment program. Brittany believes every teen deserves to feel empowered and she strives to be a support to adolescents as they define their personal journey. Her own pursuits and passions include music, hiking, and swing dancing.

Marcelina Gates - Admissions Director

Born and raised in Ventura County, Marcelina is a seasoned admissions expert with nearly a decade of experience working in a variety of mental health settings. She also worked in the addiction field as a Registered Addiction Specialist Intern and has extensive knowledge of substance use issues, eating disorders and working with co-occurring mental health problems. As a parent herself and someone in recovery, Marcelina knows firsthand the experience of making the call to ask for help, and as such she brings an incredible amount of empathy, compassion and understanding to her work. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her children aged 14 and 4. Marcelina also loves Disneyland, hiking, and going to the beach.

SYDNEY TANKENSON - Admissions Director

As Paradigm Treatment’s Admissions Coordinator, Sydney handles all incoming admissions requests including questions pertaining to insurance and related financial matters. Sydney also interfaces with clients, families and our internal team to ensure that our admissions processes are running smoothly and that our programs are accurately messaged to both clients and affiliates.

Sydney has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Addiction & Recovery from the University of Alabama. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Counseling at Cal Lutheran University. Sydney is passionate about assisting individuals and their families navigate their unique challenges and circumstances so as to best achieve their goals. When she isn’t working, Sydney enjoys hiking, traveling and international cuisine.

Avonlea Ware, M.S. - Admissions Director

Avonlea Ware holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, where she also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. She joined Paradigm as a Clinical Assistant and worked with young clients for a handful of years before moving into her current position. She is a high energy team player who has a broad range of interpersonal and administrative skills and who strives to meet the needs of clients and families. Having traveled and lived throughout Europe, India, and the Middle East, Avonlea developed a focus on conflict resolution and communication skills, which she believes are assets to teens struggling to find their place in the world. When Avonlea is not working she enjoys spending time at the beach, gardening, and connecting more with the world around her.

MIRI JEDEIKIN - Director of Marketing

Miri manages the development, implementation and execution of Paradigm’s forward-facing strategy and efforts in marketing and outreach. She is also responsible for ensuring consistent messaging across all categories of the business and affiliate relations, including partnerships and multi-platform initiatives.

Miri has over 15 years of professional experience in marketing, strategic brand development, turn-key content creation, broadcast hosting, writing, public relations, and workflow management. She also worked as a therapist trainee at the Southern California Counseling Center, serving a diverse client population with a variety of mental health needs. Miri holds a Masters of Applied Psychology degree from Antioch University Los Angeles and completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a writer and communications specialist, Miri has long believed that storytelling is a way in which to discover ourselves and find meaning in our lives. Her dynamic experience in marketing and mental health bridges her drive to connect with others through the stories we tell, while effectively helping those in need.

Kenneth Stamper, M.A., LMFT (218909) - Family Therapist

Kenneth Stamper is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s of Arts degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Before joining the Paradigm team, Ken provided individual and group therapy to adolescents and families in private practice and through a community based clinic. His therapeutic approach to working with children and teens is grounded in mindfulness-based methodologies.   Ken is passionate about  the use of awareness and mindfulness to help youth develop resilience and a sense of feeling fully alive in the world.   He especially enjoys working with clients whose depression, grief, anxiety, or trauma leave them struggling to find their voice.  As a trained stage actor, Ken draws upon his experience in theater as well as gestalt-informed therapeutic approaches to assist youth in uncovering their authentic voice and a positive sense of self.

Jordyn Bonanni - Therapist

Jordyn Bonanni holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from University of San Francisco and a Master’s of Arts in Holistic Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Depth Psychotherapy at John F. Kennedy University. She has over five years of experience working with teens in a variety of settings including school art programs and teen helplines. Jordyn’s clinical interest is in adolescent addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma related disorders. Her approach integrates person-centered therapy with techniques from family systems theory, psychoanalytic theory, narrative therapy, mindfulness, expressive arts, dreamwork, and nature-based therapies. Her goal is to contribute to a unique healing experience for each teen and to foster stronger relationships and communication with their families. Jordyn has many interests, including the outdoors, traveling, painting, and creative writing. She encourages each teen to explore their interests as they move toward self discovery, individuation, and overall health.

Melissa Guyot (AMFT 108470*) - Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Melissa obtained her Master of Arts degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Previously she worked to support families and children in both school and private practice settings. Melissa brings a holistic approach that supports people in developing a healthy relationship with food, from her extensive time working in community nutrition. She is passionate about connection and believes strongly in meeting teens where they are.

Melissa uses a range of relational and somatic therapeutic approaches to establish an environment that feels safe, supported and open to inquiry. When she is not working with her clients at Paradigm, Melissa enjoys hiking and reconnecting to nature whenever possible.

Amy Kim, M.A., AMFT (112554)** - Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Amy received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Notre Dame De Namur University. She has worked as a school counselor for middle school students using art therapy as a tool to communicate, process, and evaluate the growth of self. Amy also has experience developing and working with socio-emotional learning as an educator and clinician. She is an empathetic and committed therapist who is dedicated to providing a safe space for teens and their families. Amy strongly believes in partnering with clients to create the best path forward in treating teen depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, addiction, disordered eating and other emotional health issues.

Jedidiah Purses, M.A., AMFT(111405)** - Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Jed competed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University Worldwide. He is trained in a diverse variety of psychotherapeutic modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and the Hakomi Method, a mindfulness based somatic psychotherapy.

Jed brings a holistic approach to mental health treatment, and has extensive experience providing individual, group and family therapy in outpatient and residential settings. He has served many different populations in a variety of roles. As a family therapist at Paradigm, Jed works intensively with youth and their families to repair unsupportive patterns that get in the way of healthy family relationships and functioning. He serves as the parent coach and teacher of the ongoing parenting skills course at Paradigm, and he is passionate about supporting parents of adolescents. In addition to his work with families, Jed has spent years supporting adults and youth to resolve trauma, create healthier and more fulfilling relationships, and develop a deep sense of life purpose and intrinsic motivation.

Brian Polis, M.S., APCC (5549)** - Associate Therapist

Brian Polis attained his Master’s Degree in Counseling from California State University, Northridge where he focused on Professional Clinical and School Counseling. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development at the University of Maryland. Brian is passionate about working with adolescents and he has developed his therapeutic approach as a counselor in a variety of K-12 institutions as well as with a local agency dedicated to treating childhood trauma and preventing child abuse. His clinical interests include childhood trauma, teen depression, and working with youth who struggle in school and/or academics.

Brian approaches therapy with a humanistic mindset, believes in the power of narrative therapy, and emphasizes developing authentic communication with each teen. His goal is to foster and emphasize the unique strengths of each youth.

Samuel Shin (AMFT 79527*) - Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Samuel completed his Master of Arts degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Washington. He is a certified Men’s Work facilitator through Sacred Sons, a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Reiki Practitioner and a trained Swedish Massage Practitioner through the San Francisco School of Massage. Samuel has over a decade of experience working with teens and children in different capacities – from church youth group leader, running social skills groups in nature, working with kids on the Autism Spectrum and their families, to doing Play Therapy with village children in South India. He also worked as a Bereavement Counselor in a hospice setting, where he supported teens, adults and the elderly through the experience of grief and loss.

Samuel’s therapeutic approach is Humanistic-Existential, Psychodynamic and Relational. He believes that everyone has an innate impulse towards growth & healing, which can only be fostered in a genuine, accepting and empathic therapeutic relationship. When he isn’t working, Samuel enjoys
meditation, Ecstatic Dance, yoga, men’s work, visiting hot springs, Muay Thai, and stand-up comedy. He can also play the guitar, drums and violin.

Amanda Odren - Program Coordinator

Amanda Odren received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neuroscience from Michigan University and is currently pursuing a degree as a mental health nurse practitioner. Her career experience includes working in long-term residential treatment focused on dual diagnosis services, for a university research unit on brain development and behavioral assessment, as a sober companion for young adults in recovery, and becoming a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Amanda understand the difficulties that the youth of today can face at school, online, and at home. She hopes to be of support to each teen as they work toward their treatment and life goals, and learn that they are more than their current lifestyle, thoughts, or behavior.

Francesca Guillen-Velazquez - Clinical Assistant

Born and raised in the bay area, Francesca Guillen-Velazquez has spent most of her professional years working with youth with an array of needs and in a variety of settings. In working with youth at Paradigm, she enjoys drawing upon her own unique journey in order to allow her insights and wisdom in providing support, guidance, and understanding to youth as they pursue their own growth and recovery. She strongly believes in the importance to help contribute to creating and protecting a safe, positive healing environment at Paradigm, in order to maintain the utmost quality of care and so that teens get the most out of their time here.

Megan Bruehl - Clinical Assistant

Megan Bruehl is currently pursuing a degree in Therapeutic Recreation at California State University, East Bay. In addition to being a certified yoga instructor (RYT – 200), she has extensive experience as a tutor and in teaching English as a Second Language. Megan believes in intentional recreation and she is dedicated to helping teens develop and explore a range of personal interests and leisure activities as tools for improve self-confidence, sense of purpose, and overall wellness. Some of her own leisure pursuits include dancing, creative improvisation games, and outdoor adventure.

Erin Campbell - Clinical Assistant

Erin Campbell is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communications. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and certified Yoga Instructor who is passionate about working with youth who are struggling with mental health and substance use issues. Erin believes that supportive and holistic, recovery-based approaches are most effective in helping teens find effective ways to address the unique challenges they face today.

Seamus Donohoe - Overnight Clinical Assistant

Seamus studied Performing Arts at Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont, California. As a clinician working with youth, he believes that teens exponentially benefit from an environment that fosters encouragement, nurturing and a sense of value. As such, Seamus infuses his work as a clinician with these ideals in mind. He worked in the child care sector for two years, and also served as a summer camp counselor in his youth. A long time member of the recovery and mental health communities, Seamus brings a sense of enthusiasm, curiosity and open-mindedness to Paradigm’s teens. When he is not working, his main interests are theatre and film.

Aine Fitzgerald - Clinical Assistant

Aine Fitzgerald earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Dominican University of California and is currently completing her Master’s of Arts degree in Social Work at California State University – East Bay. She worked with women as an Addictions Counselor for several years, and through this work became dedicated to inspiring clients to follow a more empowering and enriching path. Aine believes in promoting the resiliency of young people through psychoeducation, modeling emotional intelligence, open communication techniques, and self-efficacy. She also greatly believes in the power of positivity and the magic of a life lived with intentionality. When she isn’t working at Paradigm, Aine enjoys exercise, cooking, reading, playing music, and going to the beach.

Elise Hound - Clinical Assistant

Elise Hound is pursuing her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Her academic experience is coupled with clinical experience in individual, family and group therapy to teens and children. Elise’s work is informed by an Existential-Humanistic approaches that emphasize authenticity, presence and choice. She has a deep appreciation for autonomy and individuality which she finds as especially important in adolescent development. Understanding how overwhelming the feelings of trauma, depression, and anxiety can be, Elise looks for ways for and moments of humor and silliness as means of fostering connection. Elise enjoys her family, dog, and exploring different avenues of self-care.

Taylor Lesser - Clinical Assistant

Taylor Lessor graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Her clinical focuses include anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Taylor is passionate about working with adolescents to become knowledgeable and empowered with regard to their mental illness, to face it honestly and openly, while also understanding that it does not define them. In this way, she views teens’ time at Paradigm as a time of discovering and understanding their identities and aims to support teens to become more clear and confident in the way they see themselves and their lives. Taylor will soon be pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a focus of equine therapy.

Natalie Mandeville - Lead Clinical Assistant

Natalie Mandeville earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University with an emphasis on child psychopathology and cognitive functioning. She is a Board Certified Behavioral Technician with experience in cognitive skills assessment and recovery, Applied Behavioral Analysis, and electrophysiology. Natalie believes that teens are deserving of wellness, healing, and empowerment, and that a multidisciplinary approach is vital in achieving effective care. She hopes that her firsthand experience working with teen anxiety, trauma, and depression allows for a trusting relationship with youth, such that they feel supported and empowered to advocate for their own wellness.

Diana Martinez - Clinical Assistant

Diana obtained her Associate of Arts degree in Psychology from Santa Rosa Junior College, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. She is also Positive Parenting Program-Certified from the Child Parent Institute, a parenting intervention with the main goals of increasing the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents and reducing the prevalence of mental health, emotional, and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Diana is currently completing her Master of Arts degree in Social Work at Cal State, East Bay. She worked as a Therapist Intern in elementary school settings in Oakland CA, and as a Child Advocate, Case Manager and Resource Specialist at family mental health agency in Santa Rosa CA. Workin with Paradigm clients, she utilizes a strength-based approach, and cites being a great listener and patient as her key clinical skills. In her free time, Diana enjoys working out, being outdoors, hiking, running, and walks. She also enjoy dancing and being with animals.

Hannah Twomey - Clinical Assistant

Hannah Twomey earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience from Saint Mary’s College of California. She worked as a Hurricane Relief Volunteer with youth who were impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In that role Hannah interacted with the youth and explored the mental health resources that were available for those struggling in the hurricane’s aftermath. She also worked as a Health Promotion Volunteer with underserved youth. In this capacity, Hannah led activities that involved teaching students about the importance of staying healthy and active. She also led lessons that emphasized the importance of an active lifestyle and its positive impact on mental health. Hannah believes that teens should be supported and gently guided as they discover their unique path and passions. Hannah particularly enjoys supporting each and every Paradigm client’s journey towards healing and growth, and finds the process of working with clients to be deeply enriching and meaningful.

Alex Weinstein - Clinical Assistant

Alex Weinstein received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Rhetoric from the University of California – Berkeley. In his undergraduate studies he was particularly interested in how our implicit values shape our language, both for the individual and society. After graduation, Alex travelled the world and started a business. In addition to his work at Paradigm, Alex is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Touro University. Beyond the scope of mental health, Alex’s main passion is the dance form Contact Improvisation, which he has taught on four continents. He is also a certified yoga teacher, immersive experience designer, and believes in approaching life with compassion and curiosity.

Daniel Rauck - Yoga

Daniel Rauck completed his teacher training at Greenpath yoga in SF and has been a yoga instructor for more than a decade. Since his very first yoga class, he was inspired at yoga’s potential for healing and transformation.  Daniel has taught over 10,000 classes and brought the practice of yoga to folks from a wide variety of backgrounds. He has worked with a full spectrum of physical abilities, from athletes to the differently abled. Regardless of one’s current physical and emotional state, Daniel teaches yoga in a way that meets each adolescent where they are, in order to help the teen find their own path to balance and empowerment.  Augmenting his yoga teaching are studies in Yoga Nidra, restorative yoga, and yin yoga, as well as being an NASM corrective exercise specialist.

Ian Wilkerson, MT-BC (BCMT08805) - Music Therapist

Ian Wilkerson is a Board Certified Music Therapist who has refined his musical skills through years of practice, extensive study and performance. A person-centered therapy provider, he specializes in supporting creativity, self-expression and self-empowerment through music. he is the founder of Bay Area Music Therapy, and he is also a passionate singer/songwriter.  Ian received a Bachelors of Music with dual majors in Music Therapy and Songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Before graduating with honors, he sat as President of the Board for the New England Region Music Therapy Association for Students. Additionally, he received his certification training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) from the Center for Biomedical Research in Music (CBRM) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.  Ian has been a faculty Music Therapist at a Bay Area Music Center and a Music Therapy Coordinator. He is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and he is a trained REMO HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator.  He specializes in helping people find their own unique and empowered voices through improvisation and songwriting and focuses on youth abilities and preferences to meet the individual teen’s needs.

Stephanie Holdenried - Equine Therapist

Stephanie Holdenried graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is the 6th generation of a California ranching family and a nationally-certified (CEIP) equine-facilitated educator and nutritionist. She creates and facilitates a wide range of equine therapy programs, including experiences for women, youth, and recovery groups, with the goal of helping individuals find greater self-awareness by connecting to their own intrinsic wisdom. Stephanie is also the founder of GUTS-y Girls, an equine-led life skills and leadership group for 10-12 year olds, and co-founder of Networking at the Barn, in Marin County. Beyond this, she is developing leadership and team building programs for organizations through her licensing with Horse Dream in Europe. Stephanie’s grounded presence combined with her own experience growing up on a ranch and being an avid horsewoman allow her unique insights and understanding to create space for profound equine therapy sessions that allow Paradigm youth to open and connect with themselves and others in a deep, meaningful way.

Judy Weston-Thompson, M.A., LMFT (LMFT 23268) - Equine Therapist

Judy Weston-Thompson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified equine interactive specialist. Judy holds a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Sonoma State University and completed her Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy studies more than a decade ago. She was among the first graduate class of psychotherapists to be certified as an equine interactive professional – mental health (CBEIP.org). Judy also holds a therapeutic riding instructor certificate from, and is an active member in, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Over time, Judy has developed her own unique form of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, which has proven especially effective for the treatment of teens struggling with anxiety, interpersonal relationship building, depression, trauma and PTSD.  Combining several different types of psychotherapy treatments with various horsemanship and horse related practices (natural horsemanship, animal communication & horse massage), Judy has developed her own treatment modality; based on a true partnership beneficial to both human and horse.

Kira Brown - Chef

Kira Brown is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and has worked as a chef for the past twelve years in a number of realms, including award-winning restaurants, catering, and private residences.  She attended Diablo Valley College, where she studied the culinary arts, with an emphasis on baking and pastry.  Kira’s passion for food inspired her to take courses in nutrition and holistic health, with the intent to provide the very best experience for her clientele, by combining nutritious ingredients to create incredible tastes.  At Paradigm, she greatly enjoys that her role allows her to combine her love of cooking with helping young people feel their very best.


Priscilla Alcorn - Chef

Pricilla holds a degree from th Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in 2012. She grew up in Alameda, California.  Before joining Paradigm San Francisco she served as the manager at a renowned Latin restaurant in the bay area. Priscilla enjoys sharing her love of food with teens and helping them learn to make healthy eating choices.  She believes that what young people eat can have a profound impact on their physical and mental health.  She works closely with Paradigm’s on site nutritionist to ensure that the dietary needs of each client are met.


Pedro - Therapy Dog

Pedro comes to the Paradigm team as a therapy dog after being rescued at 6 weeks old in Colorado. He is a small dog with a big heart and loves cuddling with clients and providing emotional support. Pedro also enjoys long walks, being active, and beach days. He has a great sense of fashion and makes friends very easily.

Paradigm provides the above information as a courtesy to those who visit our website. While every effort is made to keep the treatment team page current, there may be staff members who have joined our team, but who are not yet listed here. Likewise, someone listed above might be away for a training or other matter for a period of time. To confirm the most current status and availability of any individual listed, please speak with our admissions team.

** Supervised by Claudia Viadro, LMFT