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Steven Collier, RN | Executive Director / Co Founder

Steven Collier RN is one of the co founders of the Hemet Valley Recovery Center and owner of Addiction Medicine Services Inc. He has been working in the behavioral health field since serving as a command Drug Exemption Officer in the U.S. Navy in 1978. A graduate of California State University Los Angeles, Mr. Collier holds a BA in Health and Safety Studies as well as a certificate as a specialist in Drug and Alcohol Problems also from Cal State. Obtaining a degree in Registered Nursing from Saddleback College, Mr. Collier has held a Registered Nursing License since the early1980’s. From 1984 to 1986, Mr. Collier worked as a Clinical Instructor for the Care Units at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and then served as the Nurse Manager of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center also at Cedars Sinai from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Collier was the Nursing Supervisor at the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center ( ADTC), Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Collier was the Program Manager of the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center Recovery Services Unit. While establishing the Recovery Services unit at Loma Linda, Mr. Collier was part of the clinical team that established treatment protocols for the treatment of pain patients who had become addicted to narcotic analgesics. Mr. Collier also established treatment centers at San Antonio Community Hospital and the Knollwood Center between 1994 and 1999. Focusing on Behavioral Medicine, he became the Director of Assessment and Admissions at Canyon Ridge Hospital in 1999. After successfully opening the Hemet Valley Recovery Center in 2001, Valley Health System contracted with Mr. Collier to assume the role of Director of Behavioral Health Services to oversee the opening of the 28 bed Center for Behavioral Medicine at Moreno Valley Community Hospital and to pursue the growth and development of the Behavioral Health unit at Hemet Valley Medical Center. Throughout his career, Mr. Collier has committed himself to providing hospital based acute care treatment for those suffering from addictions and related illness.

Sherry Burditt, RN, HN-BC | Director of Clinical Services/Board Certified Holistic Nurse

As the Director of Clinical Services for Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat, Sherry Burditt, RN, HN-BC is a Registered Nurse whose career spans 35 years of clinical practice in Behavioral Health, Chemical Dependency and Hospital Administration. After receiving her nurse’s training in New York, she concentrated her practice specifically in Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine, working with adult and adolescent populations challenged with depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, addictions, and various affective disorders. Later, as a hospital administrator, she held the responsibility as Director of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Clinical Services, Director of Education, Associate Administrator, and Chief Operating Officer in mental health / addictive medicine settings. In 1999 she received Board Certification in Holistic Nursing through the American Holistic Nurses’ Association. In private practice she has also provided consultation services and holistic workshops to over 30 acute care hospitals, facilitated holistic therapy groups, supervised and evaluated healthcare instructors, and worked individually with private clients. As a Kriyaban yogi, she has practiced Raja Yoga meditation since 1974.

Manikanda Raja, MD, ASAM | Diplomat of American Board of Internal Medicine/Medical Director

Dr. Raja is a board-certified internal medicine physician, certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is committed to providing the highest-quality medical care to his patients. He is conscientious and compassionate with regards to all those who have been entrusted in his care. Dr. Raja values the patient-physician relationship and makes every effort to build trust and confidence as he goes to great lengths to make sure the experience is as pleasant as possible for his patients. His attention to detail ensures the valued healthcare delivered in his practice.

Patricia Bellard | Director of Business Services

Patricia Bellard has been with Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat for 10 years as the Director of Business Services. She has also been instrumental in the development of Intake and Admission Services, Accounts Receivables, and contracting negotiations. Involved in the healthcare industry for over 45 years, Patricia previously worked for Tenet Corporation as a Business Office Manager for their seven local hospitals, and prior to that she was a Business Office Manager for Summit Corporation. Patricia began her career at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier.

Esther Montez, CADC-II, ICADC | Manager of Admissions and Business Development

Esther has been with Hemet Valley Recovery Center since 2008, having over 16 years of experience in the field of Chemical Dependency. She has a diverse background both clinically and administratively. Esther received a Certificate of Achievement in Addiction Studies at San Diego City College and has been a certified CADCII since 2002. Her counseling experience prepared her to work as the lead case manager for Mental Health Systems Parolee Partnership Program, a Program Manager for McAlister Institutes North Coastal Regional Recovery Center and Kiva Women and Children’s residential program in San Diego California. Esther’s extensive knowledge in Crisis Intervention has helped her motivate many individuals suffering from substance abuse issues take the first steps towards healing.

Lisa McMillan | Program Manager

Lisa serves as the Program Manager of Global Medical Detox.  In her management role, she leads a clinical team of counseling staff to provide the best therapeutic services for individuals seeking treatment for substance dependence. Lisa has over 20 years of experience working in the field of Chemical Dependency and Behavioral Health, extensive experience in clinical management, as well as expertise in starting and developing clinical programs. Previous to her current role, she functioned as the Program Manager at Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat.  In addition to her certification as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, Lisa recently completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling and is pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. In her clinical role, she continues to pursue her passion for helping others by providing one to one and group counseling to patients as they complete the detoxification process. She also employs her love of art as a therapeutic means for individuals to express their feelings and creativity, gain personal insight, and develop self-awareness.

Jon Antczak | Counselor / Lead Chemical Dependency Case Manager

Jon began his career in the chemical dependency field in 2007. After joining Addiction Medicine Services since 2012 he began working exclusively in acute care hospital settings and assisting patients in taking the first step in their recovery process.  Jon has extensive knowledge of the disease of addiction, how it manifests, and the progression of the disease if left untreated. Jon’s compassion and nonjudgmental approach affords him the ability to uncover issues associated with current use, as well as with potential relapse. He helps patients recognize the benefits of the continued treatment necessary to  build a solid foundation and new sober lifestyle. Jon is currently working towards his Master’s Degree in Social Work and Mental Health Counseling, with his long-term goal of obtaining his LCSW. In his free time, Jon enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors exploring new adventures.

Brittany Romero | Counselor / Case Manager

Brittany is a Counselor/Case Manager at Global Medical Detox, who previously served as a Counselor, as well as a Resident Tech at Hemet Valley Recovery Center. She has over 5 years of experience working in various roles and settings in the addictions field and is currently in the process of obtaining her CADC-I certification. Brittany empowers individuals by providing them with the knowledge, support, and guidance necessary for a positive treatment outcome. Her skill and experience in crisis intervention help patients find the courage and faith to embrace the treatment process and rediscover themselves as strong, capable, sober individuals. Her passion is to give back the gift of recovery to individuals struggling with addiction.

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