About

Our Staff

At Alter Behavioral Health, you or your loved one will be able to lean on a compassionate team of therapists and clinicians throughout the recovery process.

PERSONALIZED TREATMENT

Your Partners in Treatment

Our interdisciplinary team closely works with each and every client to establish goals and develop a truly personalized treatment plan. Every member of our staff is committed to our mission of providing the highest level of personalized care. Whatever fears you may have about entering treatment, at Alter Behavioral Health, you can count on our dedicated team to support you through every step of this journey.
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Michael Castanon

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

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Dr. Araz Tawfique, M.D.

Medical Director/Psychiatrist

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Larissa Kibort

Clinical Relations Manager

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Stacy Darwish, PMHNP

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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Niloufar Nekou, LMFT

Chief Clinical Officer

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William Lemme

Operations Manager

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Neha Kumar, LMFT

Clinical Director - Orange County, CA

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Katarena Arger, LMFT

Clinical Director - San Diego, CA

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Jahqueche Johnson Smith

Nursing Manager

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Lindsey Mah

Lead Therapist

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Suzan Alhakeem

Primary Therapist

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Michelle Guerrero

Primary Therapist

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Makenna Jones

Primary Therapist

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Raquel Keck

Primary Therapist

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Karla Alvarez

Program Director, AMFT, APCC

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Lorraine Cheng, M.A.

Case Manager

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Whitney Buss

Chief Executive Office and Founder

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Teralyn MacArthur

Case Manager

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Eva Norton, MSW, ACSW

Primary Therapist

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Benjamin Maxson, AMFT

Primary Therapist

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Tracy Foust

Operations Supervisor

Addiction Detox & Treatment Center

Residential Mental Health Treatment

Residential Mental Health Treatment

PHP/IOP

Crisis Stabilization Unit

Crisis Stabilization Unit

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