Russell Rice, MFT
Russell has been working with challenging youth for over 25 years. He has trained and inspired over a thousand therapists and child counselors in the U.S. and China in the field of treating childhood trauma and mental health issues . Russell is on the board of California Alliance of Children and Family Services and serves as the Chair of the Residential Treatment Committee. He also serves on the editorial board of the Residential Treatment of Children and Youth professional journal.
Russell is an international speaker, trainer and consultant applying principles from various disciplines including positive psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, child development, behavioral economics and management science, inspiring individuals and organizations to operate in the upper echelon of their potential.
Russell is an avid reader on anything to do with the human mind, ethics, morality and decision making. He enjoys fitness, racquetball, skiing and spending time with his wife and two boys.
Dr. Mark Ard, M.D.
Medical Director/Child Psychiatrist
Dr. Mark Ard is a graduate of Loma Linda School of Medicine. He also hold a B.S. in Biophysics from UC San Diego and a M.A. in Ethics from Loma Linda University. His areas of interest include community psychiatric and primary care integration, psychosomatics, interventional neuromodulation, clinical ethics, and health policy. He is heavily involved in medical education and medical staff development at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Tom Wickham, Ph.D.
Dr. Wickham got his Ph.D. is Psychology in 1977. Since then he has focused on treating children and families for the past 40 years in his private practice and at River Stones, where he has worked since its inception in 2000. He remains professionally passionate about two main things: the work that therapists do with themselves and understanding human nature and the developmental process.
“Doc” has a special way with kids, being totally present, available and able to relate to them in unique ways despite the age difference. He is particularly good with kids who historically don’t like therapy, but somehow look forward to being in his presence and doing their work.
Dr. Wickham has great interest in and has practiced bioenergetics, which emphasizes the relationship between the body and the mind, and the ways in which our identity is expressed in our physical bodies. He currently leads intensive therapeutic weekends with therapists who are interested in continuing to do their inner work.
Dr. Wickham is also an avid and competitive racquetball player. When he is not working or playing racquetball, he enjoys reading, watching football and spending time with his wife, two daughters and three grandchildren.
Jessica Borelli, Ph.D.
Research & Integration
Jessie Borelli is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a tenured professor at University California Irvine specializing in the treatment of children and families. Dr. Borelli received her bachelor’s in Psychology from UC Berkeley and her doctorate in Psychology from Yale University, where her work focused on the links between parent-child attachment relationships and children’s mental health. She has published over 100 scientific articles, most of which report the results of her studies of parenting, child development, and children’s mental health. Dr. Borelli has been a licensed and practicing psychologist for the past 10 years. She is the clinical director of emPATH Clinical Services in Newport Beach. Dr. Borelli is proud to serve on the River Stones Board of Directors and directs research projects and the integration of field research into River Stones treatment practices.
Judy Canales, MSW
Intake Coordinator/Clinical Program Manager
Judy Canales holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loma Linda University and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology from the California State University, Los Angeles.
Prior to joining River Stones, Judy spent seven years as a case manager, rehabilitation specialist and community mental health trainer. Judy has been working with adolescents in outpatient and hospital settings with substance use and mental health diagnoses for the last 12 yrs. In her work experience, Judy utilizes a variety of evidenced based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to aid teens in achieving their goals. She also has extensive experience in the treatment of adolescents with severe mental health disorders. In her work at River Stones, Judy is passionate about doing whatever it takes to see kids grow into themselves and helping families heal.
Human Resources/Program Manager
Lenier is a mental health professional who has worked with challenging children for over 25 years in various roles in this field. He has worked with various populations of young people ranging from five to 18 years old. Lenier has experience managing caseloads of youth in treatment, working closely with clinical teams. He has been trained in The Nurtured Heart Approach, Love and Logic and is a certified trainer in Pro-Act crisis management. Lenier is highly skilled in various types of de-escalation techniques and crisis management. Lenier takes pride in providing a warm, safe, and supportive environment in which children can explore their issues and the challenges they face. He strongly believes in the power of the therapeutic partnership to help uncover the strengths and resources we all possess in order to bring about the changes we desire in our lives. He believes it is a privilege and honor to be able to offer assistance to others on their journey to a healthy emotional wellbeing.
As a master trainer, Lenier has trained hundreds of mental health professionals, counselors, therapists and parents throughout Southern California on how to find innovative ways of reaching troubled youth, providing tools to help aid children on the road to healing, recovery and growth. His commitment to the emotional wellbeing of the children in his care shows his dedication, empathy and compassion for each child who needs help.
Lenier believes that there isn’t a child that can’t find peace, purpose and happiness. All we have to do is find their love language to guide them to a fruitful life.
Jessica Spoelstra, MSW
Jessica Spoelstra is an Associate Clinical Social Worker working towards becoming a licensed therapist. Jessica holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Loma Linda University and a Bachelors degree in Human Services and education from the California State University, Fullerton.
Prior to joining the River Stones team, she worked with adults with mild to profound Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as well as mental health diagnoses. She also worked for a brief time with children and adolescents with mental health diagnoses in an outpatient setting. In her work, Jessica utilizes a variety of evidenced based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness. She also has experience in the assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults with mental health disorders. In her work at River Stones, Jessica is passionate about strength-based approaches to empower adolescents to achieve their goals.
Yali Reyna, MSW
Yalittza Reyna is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loma Linda University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Communication Studies from Biola University.
She has worked with adolescents and their families in outpatient and residential settings with substance use and mental health diagnoses for the past 14 years. In her work, Yalittza utilizes a variety of evidenced based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness training to aid teens in achieving their goals and achieving life balance.
Director of Business Development
Josie Ramirez-Herndon, brings her vast experience to River Stones using her skills in mental health marketing and business development. Her array of experience includes being the Founder and CEO of Addiction Therapeutic Services and Recoveryview.com and Villareal & Associates, and has been working in the field of Healthcare, Behavioral Health and Addiction Services since 1987. Josie serves on the Board of Directors of the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition and Women’s CEO Global Alliance. Josie is co-founder of the Admissions and Marketing Symposium and Founder of the C-Suite Symposium. Villareal and Associates, Inc is a National Marketing and Events agency established in 2000. Josie has helped many programs start up and nationally brand their treatment centers. Along with owning an outpatient treatment center with her husband Jim, creative business development is her passion. Josie has built the largest networking email list and social media outlet in the industry. Making a positive difference in the field of Addiction and Behavioral Health by integrating leadership and spirituality through advocacy, mentorship, media database and events is her goal.
Lola has been the administrative “hub” for River Stones for the past 14+ years. She has over 35 years’ experience in IT, office administration and medical billing. Lola’s unique job is to keep everyone at River Stones organized and make sure the River Stones “machine” is well oiled. Lola prides herself in being detail oriented and particularly loves that she can use her skills and experience to indirectly help kids and families get better.
Lee Burton is CEO of Chef Lee Presents, LLC, based in Redlands, California. Chef Lee has provided educational services, private chef services and consulting services to clients throughout southern California. His services have included health care providers, schools, municipalities, county and federally funded agencies, non-profits, corporate entities and also for a number of private clients from the local area. Chef Lee is a passionate educator for people of all ages, but particularly with youth, using food and the cooking process to help gain an appreciation for using fresh local ingredients to prepare healthy eating options while also helping them gain a rich understanding of themselves along the way. Chef Lee is excited to join River Stones and to augment the treatment process with good healthy food, education and using cooking as a conduit to help kids and families heal.
Instructor of Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga
Cindy is dedicated to sharing health and wellness by practicing and teaching yoga. She encourages others to seek out happiness, love and compassion in their own lives by the example of persistently practicing peace in her own daily life. Her down to Earth approach, along with the humor she brings to each class, makes yoga accessible and inviting. Cindy’s authentic, passionate teaching style inspires her students to tap into the strength of their own authentic selves. In her sassy and fun-loving way, she teaches yoga as a practical process to achieve wellness in body, mind and soul.