Monroeville inpatient Team
Interventionist Desmond Kane MA, CADC joins the RCA Interventionist team with over 10 years of behavioral health experience. Desmond has held many roles that have contributed to his understanding and compassion for the disease of addiction, including outpatient counselor, clinical supervisor, residential counselor, program supervisor, and clinical outreach coordinator. He looks forward to bringing this experience to RCA, where he’ll dedicate his time to healing families and helping loved ones cope with the disease of addiction.
“The family dynamic is the foundation that creates support and construct for emotional growth, as well as the cohesive bond that helps deal with both good and difficult times,” says Desmond. “As an interventionist, I am able to navigate these topics and needs by showing the family dignity and respect, which usually addiction has been stealing from their family for way too long. Helping the family heal and grow with that same dignity and respect throughout the process is the goal.”
Alumni Coordinator for Monroeville
If you would like to get in contact with Debbie regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Monroeville, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Riccelli began as a Behavioral Health Technician more than four years ago at an inpatient treatment program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was later promoted to Alumni Coordinator, providing resources and continued engagement after patients’ completion. It was there she found a passion for treating the individual as a whole by providing, resources, community, and encouragement, as well as supporting the healing of the family system. Debbie also has a breadth of experience as an Outreach Specialist, bridging recovery and service for alumni throughout the community. In August of 2021, Debbie joined Recovery Centers of America as the Regional Alumni Coordinator for Recovery Centers of America at Monroeville because she appreciates a life-long approach to treatment, recovery, and aftercare. RCA understands that the Alumni Association has a critical role in the transition from patient to alumni, rebuilding relationships with family, becoming involved in community, and fostering relationships built in treatment – all of which create a strong foundation for long-term success in recovery.
Debbie’s personal recovery journey began in January of 2012. She worked her recovery in several 12-step fellowships, along with Celebrate and SMART Recovery. Working through different pathways allows her to meet our alumni exactly where they are in their process and believes that working with recovering individuals is her life’s calling.
In his role as Quality Assurance Strategist at RCA at Monroeville, Neil brings nearly a decade of Healthcare Quality Assurance and Process Improvement experience and a diverse background in hospital inpatient care, behavioral health managed care, and research. He has developed and implemented a variety of improvement plans and conducted statewide initiatives for 13 counties in western Pennsylvania aimed at reducing behavioral health readmission rates. Neil received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent College in Psychology and then earned a master’s degree in Health Management Systems from Duquesne University. While obtaining his graduate degree, Neil conducted and published a cancer research study at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School involving dendritic cell immunotherapy. Additionally, he is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified.
As Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) Supervisor at RCA at Monroeville, Lauren is responsible for managing the RSS department and is passionate about empowering the team to provide a safe and supportive environment that contributes towards meaningful change.
Prior to joining RCA, Lauren spent nearly a decade working with clients in the behavioral health field, specializing in eating disorders, addictions, trauma healing, and other mental health disorders. She has extensive experience working with individuals and groups to help patients embrace the recovery process, practice new coping skills, and finally break free from the chains of addiction.
Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She is additionally a Certified Trainer, Coach, and Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Certified Master Practitioner of Hypnosis, Certified Master Practitioner of Mental and Emotional Release® Therapy, and Certified Level II Huna Energy Healing Practitioner.
Dr. Scott Cook
Dr. Cook is an international lecturer and physician who grew up in a Pittsburgh neighborhood close to RCA at Monroeville. In his role of Medical Director for the center, he brings years of experience in Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health, Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, and Public Health. He has practiced at multiple inpatient and outpatient addiction medicine centers throughout the United States. Additionally, he has worked as an ER/Urgent Care physician at several Western Pennsylvania Emergency Departments and Urgent Care centers.
Prior to joining RCA, Dr. Cook held roles as Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer at multiple addiction organizations. Additionally, he has commercial and government health administration experience serving as Medical Director at Highmark Health and at C2C Innovative Solutions (Medicare).
Dr. Cook has a special interest in the public health implications of institutional racism and its impact on the health status of African-Americans. He has lectured on Addiction Medicine in several European countries and has plans to speak at future international conferences in Central/South America, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Chief Executive Officer, RCA at Monroeville
Michael, a native to the Pittsburgh area, brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and skill to Recovery Centers of America at Monroeville. He most recently served as CEO of RCA at Bracebridge Hall, located in Earleville, Maryland. He was previously the Executive Director of RCA’s largest addiction treatment center located in Devon, Pennsylvania. Michael has over 30 years of experience in the treatment of patients suffering from substance use disorder, including many leadership roles at behavioral health and addiction treatment organizations.
Michael holds a BA in Psychology from Saint Leo University and Master of Public Health from Drexel University. Michael is also a US Navy Veteran.