Meet Our Team

Luxury Addiction Treatment

Get to know our dedicated staff:

We believe in a person-centered approach. Every member of the team here at AToN is here to support your path to recovery. We will not shame you or use stigmatizing language. We have passion and compassion for everyone that walks through our doors. Our multidisciplinary team is here to support the start of your recovery journey. Get to know our staff in the videos below.

Clinical Team

Dr. Christian Small

Medical Director

Dr. Christian Small

Medical Director
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Dr. Leslie Sanders

Program Director

Dr. Leslie Sanders

Program Director
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Dr. Kevin Murphy

Clinical Director

Dr. Kevin Murphy

Clinical Director
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Dr. Alicia Tolerico

Psychologist

Dr. Alicia Tolerico

Psychologist
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Dr. Rachel Conway

Psychologist

Dr. Rachel Conway

Psychologist
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Chris McDuffie, MSW, CADCII

Clinician

Chris McDuffie, MSW, CADCII

Clinician
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Taryn “Devon” Gill-Broeske, MFT

Clinician

Taryn “Devon” Gill-Broeske, MFT

Clinician
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Taylor Avery, MFT

Clinician

Taylor Avery, MFT

Clinician

Laura Mouanoutoua, MSW

Clinician

Laura Mouanoutoua, MSW

Clinician

Rob Brockman, LAADC, ICAADC

Clinician

Rob Brockman, LAADC, ICAADC

Clinician
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Kristin Colton, CADCII

Clinician

Kristin Colton, CADCII

Clinician
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Karen Yazzie-Meyer, CADCII

Clinician

Karen Yazzie-Meyer, CADCII

Clinician
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Intake Team

James Reed, RADT

Intake Director

James Reed, RADT

Intake Director

Greg Liggett, RADT

Intake Coordinator

Greg Liggett, RADT

Intake Coordinator
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Lauren Mann, CADC

Intake & Alumni Coordinator

Lauren Mann, CADC

Intake & Alumni Coordinator
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Administration

Pat Brady, MA

Director of Operations & Outreach

Pat Brady, MA

Director of Operations & Outreach
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Keith Fosgett

Outreach Coordinator

Keith Fosgett

Outreach Coordinator

Kristen Patterson

Director of Human Resources

Kristen Patterson

Director of Human Resources
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Micah Diaz

Office Manager & Program Coordinator

Micah Diaz

Office Manager & Program Coordinator
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Desiree Duran

Office Assistant

Desiree Duran

Office Assistant
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Lead Medical and Resident Assistant (RA) Staff

Schuyler P.

RA Supervisor

Schuyler P.

RA Supervisor
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Mitch B.

RA Supervisor

Mitch B.

RA Supervisor
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Geanna K., R.N

Nursing Supervisor

Geanna K., R.N

Nursing Supervisor
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Liz D., R.N.

Nursing Supervisor

Liz D., R.N.

Nursing Supervisor

Meexia C., R.N.

Nursing Supervisor

Meexia C., R.N.

Nursing Supervisor

Culinary Team

Holistic Providers

Gal Rahimi

Massage & Watsu

Gal Rahimi

Massage & Watsu

Ashley Lanahan

Acupuncture

Ashley Lanahan

Acupuncture

Jeninifer Fritschy

Acupuncture

Jeninifer Fritschy

Acupuncture

Brad Tunis

Hypnotherapy & Breathwork

Brad Tunis

Hypnotherapy & Breathwork
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Alison Nelson, DPT

Physical Therapy

Alison Nelson, DPT

Physical Therapy

Taylor Westenberger

Personal Trainer

Taylor Westenberger

Personal Trainer
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Wyatt Duncan

Personal Trainer

Wyatt Duncan

Personal Trainer
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Yvonne Lazarto

Yoga & Mindfulness

Yvonne Lazarto

Yoga & Mindfulness
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Jessica Carrol

Sound Bowl Healer

Jessica Carrol

Sound Bowl Healer

Leslie Edgarian

Art Instructor

Leslie Edgarian

Art Instructor

Dr. Christian Small

Medical Director

Christian Small, MD is board certified in addiction psychiatry, general psychiatry and family medicine. He is one of a handful of doctors in the US who have the experience and training to treat full spectrum medical and psychiatric illness.

Dr. Small has become a leader in delivering evidenced based addiction practices, medical and psychiatric care to patients suffering with addiction. He is the founder of Headlands Addiction Treatment Services. Dr. Small was previously employed by the Veterans Administration in La Jolla as an addiction psychiatrist and at the University of California San Diego. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine and completed a residency in Psychiatry and Family Medicine at UCSD.

Dr. Leslie Sanders

Program Director

Dr. Sanders, AToN’s Program Director, is a licensed clinical Psychologist with over ten years of experience. Originally from the east coast, she realized her passion for psychology during a high school psychology class and went on to graduate from Northeastern University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. While living in Boston, Dr. Sanders worked for many years in residential care and community mental health. After moving to San Diego in 2003, Dr. Sanders enrolled in the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.

Her APA accredited program culminated with her dissertation on the opinions of child custody evaluators with regard to domestic violence and alienation. Throughout her graduate education, Dr. Sanders gained experience with many populations in multiple clinical settings such as inpatient assessment and short-term treatment, long-term insight oriented therapy with adults, trauma informed treatment with children, and child custody evaluations. Most recently she was a department director at a large private facility assessing and treating dually diagnosed in and outpatients.

Dr. Sanders takes an eclectic approach, pulling from CBT and psychodynamic modalities to help individuals overcome substance use disorders, address underlying psychological conditions, and ultimately realize their full potential. As an active member of the San Diego Psychological Association she regularly attends committee meetings and conferences in order to stay current with community standards in the field.

Dr. Kevin Murphy

Clinical Director

Dr. Murphy has more than 15 years of experience working in the addiction services industry, with training in SMART Recovery and Motivational Interviewing.

APA and CCAPP certified to provide continued education on the Neurobiology of Addiction and The Use of Exposure Therapy in Addiction Services, Dr. Murphy has facilitated trainings at professional conferences, clinics, and in hospitals over the last 10 years. Along the same lines, Dr. Murphy has supervised both predoctoral students and postdoc clinicians, with broad experience in curriculum development.

Dr. Murphy has completed more than 5000 psychological assessments, highlighting his expertise in diagnosis and treatment planning.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Dr. Murphy completed his graduate studies at the California School of Professional Psychology, completing his dissertation studies on addiction disorders. Licensed via the Board of Psychology in California (PSY 23323).

A parent to two young children, Dr. Murphy spends most of his free time bending over to pick up random toys. Otherwise, Dr. Murphy is an avid sports fan and particularly enjoys watching hockey during downtime.

Dr. Alicia Tolerico

Psychologist

Dr. Tolerico received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She received her Master’s Degree and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Dr. Tolerico received clinical experience in diverse settings including multiple residential substance use treatment centers, a men’s correctional facility, inpatient psychiatric hospital and a local LGBT community center.

Dr. Tolerico completed Post Doctoral residency at a residential substance use treatment center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Tolerico is the Chair of the Early Career Psychologist Subcommittee of the Los Angeles Psychological Association and a member of the San Diego Psychological Association.

Dr. Tolerico is dedicated to providing an empowering environment for clients to thrive in all aspects of their lives. Dr. Tolerico has experience providing psychological services to men, women, and non-binary individuals suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, sexual violence, betrayal trauma, body image concerns and disordered eating, living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ issues, and substance use disorders.

Her approach to treatment is collaborative, client-centered, and supportive. She desires to foster client’s inner strength to overcome life’s adversities. Dr. Tolerico is passionate about assisting clients on their healing journey towards achieving personal growth, connecting with others, and living a purposeful and intentional life.

Dr. Rachel Conway

Psychologist

Dr. Rachel Conway earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Yeshiva University in New York City and Doctorate in Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University in Fresno, CA. She has 15 years of experience in many different settings, with experiences ranging from assessing and treating individuals of many different ages with learning disabilities, as well as assessing and treating adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD, etc.

In recent years, Dr. Conway has received more training in treating trauma and returned back to a long-time interest of hers by beginning to treat individuals with trauma, with a special interest in treating those with a history of childhood trauma. The fact that Aton Center values trauma treatment coupled with the fact that Dr. Conway is also sober herself seem to make a perfect fit for the two.

Possibly above all else, Dr. Conway values unconditional positive regard as a tool in therapy with residents at Aton. She also values Attachment Theory. She is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through EMDRIA. Most recently she has expanded her tools for treating trauma by also receiving extensive training in Internal Family Systems.

Chris McDuffie, MSW, CADC-II

Clincian

Chris is a retired high school principal and is the CEO of his health and wellness corporation. Chris completed his CADAC Drug and Alcohol Counselor coursework and his internship through UCSD’s Chemical Dependency Program. Chris has worked in the recovery field for over 6 years as a therapeutic Surf Coach for Naval Hospital Balboa’s servicemen and women suffering from PTSD, amputations, and dual-diagnosed addictions. He has also worked with recovery work at the Navy’s Intensive Out- Patient facility at Camp Pendleton and the Navy’s Intensive Inpatient facility at Naval Base Point Loma.

Chris enjoys introducing our clients to the many benefits of Buddhism, Mindfulness, and Meditation. Chris and his family moved from New York eleven years ago, after vacationing in San Diego for 14 summers before that. Chris enjoys surfing, golf, music, canyon running and travel.

Devon Broeske, MFT

Clincian

Devon Broeske is a Marine Corp Veteran and a compassionate clinician with over a decade of experience working in diverse Mental Health settings. Devon’s experience includes direct and indirect client support in residential and intensive outpatient programs in Utah and California. He has worked with adults and adolescents living through traumatic events, adjusting to life changes, and learning to manage addictive behaviors. Devon maintains an individualized person-centered approach with every client he encounters.

Devon received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Phoenix in San Marcos, CA. He earned his Masters at the University of Phoenix in San Diego, CA with a focus on Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy. Devon is a BBS Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist. He is a member of the Association of Black Psychologists and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

As a husband and father, Devon spends his free time playing board games and video games with his wife and children. Devon is skilled at deciphering Pictionary art and losing to small children at video games. When outdoor adventure beckons Devon enjoys hiking with family most of all.