Bridge to Recovery Team

Patricia A. Judd, PhD – Director and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Judd is a clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine, Director of the UC San Diego Bridge to Recovery Program and the UC San Diego Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) Integrated Treatment and Research Program. Dr. Judd developed the first fully integrated co-occurring substance abuse, and other mental disorders program, within San Diego County in 1997. She has been active in advocacy for and education about integrated services locally and nationally over the past 35 years. Dr. Judd's research group studies factors that are associated with co-occurring disorders such as trauma, cognition, attachment style and dissociation and how they influence treatment course and outcome.

Diana Panizzon, PsyD – Assistant Program Director

Dr. Panizzon is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She provides work direction and oversight of services provided by the UC San Diego Bridge to Recovery Program at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital and various other locations. She is also involved in the delivery of clinical care, the coordination and production of clinical research, clinical supervision and training, program development and program evaluation. Dr. Panizzon received her Doctoral and Master's degrees in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has a strong background in individual, group and family psychotherapy, ethics and laws in psychology, abuse/trauma, neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment/testing, addictions treatment and severe comorbidities, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Bobbie Schorr, MFT – Clinical Program Manager

Bobbie Schorr is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She obtained her Master's degree from Alliant International University and graduated from UCSD with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Prior to working with Bridge to Recovery, Bobbie worked as an Assistant Director for one of Community Research Foundation's children outpatient programs. She also has experience working in hospice, outpatient substance abuse treatment, residential treatment for teens and private practice. Bobbie has specialized experience working with individuals, children, families and couples around relational issues. She specializes in using and implementing Solution-Focused Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed interventions.

Deana Gullo, LCSW – Clinical Supervisor

Deana Gullo is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She obtained her Masters of Social Work from Catholic University and a Masters in International Relations from UCSD.  Prior to working with Bridge to Recovery, Deana has a number of years of experience managing programs and providing clinical supervision for Mental Health Service Act and Social Services Agency funded programs in both San Diego and Orange counties.  In 1999, she began volunteering abroad and locally for a number of non-profits focused on issues of development and poverty.  She has experience working with Spanish-speaking immigrant populations, refugees, families involved in Social Services proceedings, CalWorks families, homeless and chronically mentally ill, and dually diagnosed populations. 

Stacee Alexander, CDAAC, RAS – Community Health Program Representative

Stacee Alexander is a Peer Specialist. Stacee studied for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communications from Azusa Pacific University and is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor through The Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselor Institute. She also has a Registered Addiction Specialist certificate through the Breining Institute. Before working at Bridge to Recovery, Stacee worked for McAlister Institute’s Kiva Program, working with women in recovery, and at McAlister’s Teen Recovery Center, working with adolescents. She also facilitates Celebrate Recovery meetings in the community.

William Andersen – Program Assistant

William Andersen works as a Program Assistant, managing many business facets of the program. Prior to joining Bridge to Recovery, William served as Research Assistant at the Social and Behavioral Research Institute at Cal State San Marcos, which included field work, development of questionnaires, programming and data analysis as well as administrative management under the Director of Operations. William also served at WestEd, a non-profit research organization that promotes positive youth development, school success, and well-being. His primary focus was collecting and evaluating data for a grant that implemented anti-bullying programs at two San Diego County High Schools. He has been working in the mental health field since 2009.

Frederick E. Bennett, BSW, CAS-II – Community Health Program Representative

Frederick Bennett is a Peer Specialist. He received his Bachelor of Social Work at San Diego State University in 2003 and has worked in the field of substance abuse treatment and management since 2002. He is a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS II) from the CAARR Institute (California Association of Addiction and Recovery Resources).

Robert Bryan, CADC-II – Lead Community Health Program Representative

Robert Bryan is a Lead Peer Specialist/AOD Counselor. He has been working with the co-occurring disorders and homeless populations since 2006. Robert has specialized training in motivational interviewing, group facilitation, and infectious diseases. Robert coordinates provider outreach and serves on several committees in the community representing the Bridge to Recovery Program. Robert is active with the local region of CAADAC, mentoring and training AOD counselors and is currently pursuing his Associates Degree at San Diego City College.

Anthony DeMangos, CATC II – Community Health Program Representative

Anthony DeMangos is a Peer Specialist/certified addictions treatment counselor. He has been working in the field of substance abuse/dependency and recovery in the emergency room, residential, and outpatient settings since 1999. Anthony has worked primarily with the veteran and homeless population, with experience in treating co-occurring and post-traumatic stress disorders. He has received specialized training in motivational interviewing, solution-focused interventions, client-centered interventions, and in serving the developmentally disabled population. He also has experience and training in facilitating groups and in providing social skills training to our clients. Anthony is currently working towards a degree in Nursing.

Vernay Justice Royster, BS, RAS – Community Health Program Representative

Vernay Justice-Royster is a Peer Specialist. She received her certification in Addiction Studies from the Breining Institute, College for the Advanced Study of Addictive Disorders, Sacramento in 2009 and her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Services at Springfield College, San Diego, California campus in 2011, graduating Cum Laude. Vernay is currently enrolled at National University in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Vernay has received specialty training in Motivational Interviewing and has worked in the field of addiction for several years. Vernay also has experience managing a residential alcohol and drug program in San Diego County.

Regina Koller, MS, CADC-II, PCCI – Clinician

Regina Koller is a Clinician. She holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Speech Communication from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. She is registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and is also certified through the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. Prior to coming to Bridge to Recovery, she completed her graduate internship at San Diego County Southeast Mental Health Clinic where she provided individual and group counseling for adults with a serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorder. She has years of experience working as a case manager and substance abuse counselor in both residential and outpatient settings. She has a special interest in working with pregnant and postpartum women in recovery, the sex offender population, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Nelly Medina, MSW, ASW – Clinician

Nelly Medina is a bilingual/bicultural Clinical Social Worker. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2008. She graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Social Work from San Diego State University. Prior to working with Bridge to Recovery, she gained experience working as a social worker at a leading hospice in San Diego, specifically focusing on working with individuals with HIV/AIDS.

Karen Miller, MA, CADC-II – Community Health Program Representative

Karen Miller is a Clinician. She received her Master's degree in Human Behavior from National University in 2013 and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from National University in 2010, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has worked in the addiction treatment field since 2000, providing direct client services on both an individual and group level. Karen is regularly scheduled at San Diego City College as a guest speaker on the disease of addiction and treatment options, as well as facilitating workshops on working with the sexual minority population, CAADAC exam preparation, and sexual health in recovery. Karen is a member of the LGBTQ Mental Health Collaborative and has experience as an LGBTQQi2A specialist. She is a certified alcohol/drug counselor with the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors.

Ana Ocampo Rebollar, MA – Clinician

Ana Ocampo Rebollar is a bilingual/bicultural Clinician. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Prior to joining this program, she was working as a community case manager under the Senate Bill 618 (SB-618), a voluntary re-entry program designed to assist non-violent offenders in prison by providing services to help ensure a successful transition back into the community. Previously, she was a program and management analyst for the United States Department of Defense in Naples (Italy) where she worked for the Fleet and Family Support Program. Before moving to Italy, she was working as a clinical social worker for the Transitional Case Management Program at UC San Diego where she conducted mental health assessments for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Additionally, she has experience working as a substance abuse counselor for inmates and parolees. Ana is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Clinical Psychology.

Belle Saenz – Program Assistant

Belle Saenz is a bilingual/bicultural Program Assistant. She has been working in the mental health field since 2011. Prior to joining Bridge to Recovery, Belle worked at a non-profit organization that focused on mental health recovery for children and young adults. She played an important role in tracking referrals, researching resources, working directly with psychiatrists and telepsychiatry, and providing a wide range of program support activities.

Jorge Sinohui, CATC-I – Community Health Program Representative

Jorge Sinohui is a bilingual/bicultural Peer Specialist and a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor with CAADE (California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators) and has been working in the field of substance abuse/dependency and recovery since 2008. Jorge has worked primarily with the County’s Drug Court Program and the SDSU Research Foundation SBIRC Program, screening patients for use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, providing brief interventions to patients in emergency room and trauma center settings, and educating community programs. He also specializes in working with clients with gambling problems.

Juli Smith, CDAAC, RAS – Community Health Program Representative

Juli Smith is a Peer Specialist. She received her certification as a drug alcohol addiction counselor at ACADCI (Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute) as well as her Registered Addiction Specialist certificate through the Breining Institute. Prior to joining Bridge to Recovery, she led The Most Excellent Way meetings and worked with the older adult population as a care manager for a private fiduciary. She has received specialized training in motivational interviewing and has worked in the field of addiction for several years.

Ellen Solorzano, LCSW – Clinician

Ellen Solorzano is a Clinician who obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University in 1985 and her Master’s degree in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2008. From 1991-2008, Ellen worked as a psychiatric research coordinator, interviewing clients with severe mental illness. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and crisis house settings in the San Diego area. She has specialized training in working with clients of all ages with pathological gambling and/or severe mental illness and works with a diverse population of clients in both individual and group settings.

Michele Tiana, BA, RAS – Community Health Program Representative

Michele Tiana is a Peer Specialist/certified registered addiction specialist. She received her Bachelor’s degree after attending Evergreen State College and University of Washington, where she majored in psychology.  She has been working in the addictions field since 2004 and has experience working with many populations, including adolescents, women, and adults with co-occurring disorders, as well as a special interest in working with people who have experienced trauma.   She has a passion for working with the homeless and developed hygiene drives and volunteered at the food bank.  Michele also teaches classes on mindfulness and meditation.

Sigfrido Urtecho, MA, IMF – Clinician

Sigfrido Urtecho is a bilingual/bicultural clinician who received his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in 2008.  He graduated  from UCSD in 2000 with his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish Literature.  Prior to working with Bridge to Recovery, he was a therapist for San Ysidro Health Center's HIV Program for five years.  While studying to obtain his Master's degree, Sigfrido was a Research Study Coordinator for Shiley Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.  He was also previously a Research Associate at the Geopsychiatric Unit at the VA Hospital for six years where he gained valuable experience working with older adults with mental illness.

Bridge to Recovery Program
3851 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110
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