Meet The Team

Sharon Zimbler, MFT

Executive Director

Sharon is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center for over 5 years. She started her career at Montecatini as a program therapist then took on an additional role as the Utilization Review Manager. Sharon was promoted to the position of National Utilization Review Director for CRC’s eating disorder division in 2014 before advancing to the role of Executive Director.
Sharon has extensive knowledge of the medical, nutritional and psychological aspects of eating disorders. After receiving her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, Sharon began working on her Doctorate of Psychology degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. During her doctoral studies, she focused her research on the co-occurrence of Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse. Sharon has been an integral part of designing a one of a kind integrated substance abuse program for CRC Healthcare’s Eating Disorder Division. Sharon has presented nationally and been invited to speak as an expert on eating disorders throughout the country.

Nancy Staycer, LCSW

Clinical Director

Nancy has been working in the field of Eating Disorders for over seven years. She began her work at Montecatini in 2008 as a Program Therapist, then was promoted to the role of Clinical Supervisor in 2010 and then to Clinical Director in January 2012. As the Clinical Director, Nancy is directly responsible for the clinical aspects of the program at the RTC, PHP and IOP levels of care. This includes developing the schedule, ensuring the quality of care provided by all the therapists and participation in all treatment team decisions.
Nancy works primarily from a Solution Focused perspective and incorporates CBT, DBT, ACT, spirituality and the 12 Steps into her therapeutic style. Nancy believes in a hands-on approach, and in addition to running groups, continues to carry a small caseload of patients. This enhances her effectiveness due to her personal and professional expectations to stay up to date in regards to best practices that ultimately provides the highest quality, well-rounded care for the patients. Nancy has presented her knowledge of Eating Disorders at the state and local levels and written an article that has been published in a nationally distributed newsletter.
Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and got her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2001 from San Diego State University. In addition to extensive training in eating disorders, Nancy also has training in substance abuse, anger management, effective communication, conflict resolution, and stress and crisis management. Beyond her professional experience, she also has personal experience with the 12-step model of recovery and uses examples from her own struggles and successes, in order to instill a sense of understanding and ultimately hope for those battling addiction.

Christopher Morache Morache, MD

Medical Director

Dr Christopher Morache trained at The Chicago Medical School and then residency at the University of California, Davis. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Family Medicine and practices both in a hospital setting as well as outpatient. Dr Morache treats patients with Eating Disorder as well as Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Chemical Dependency. His expertise also includes the medical and physical consequences of Eating Disorders as well as the common co-existing conditions of depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, OCD and anxiety. His approach includes a rational use of medications coupled with focused psychotherapy.

Molly Malloy, RN

Director of Nursing

Molly Malloy, Registered Nurse,, has been delivering nursing care services for Montecatini since 2007. Molly was promoted in April 2014 as the Director of Nursing and oversees the nursing and clinical care aspects of our clients. In addition, she oversees as part of a team, Montecatini’s adherence to Patient Care and Quality Assurance guidelines. She assists our clients in more than the delivery of medical care. She is highly experienced in helping client’s gain the needed tools and confidence as they transition into their life-long recovery program.

Leah Huff, RD

Registered Dietician

Leah received her Bachelors of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach in Nutrition and Dietetics and is credentialed by the commission on dietetic registration as a Registered Dietitian. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Leah completed her dietetic internship program from Oakwood University. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the California Dietetic Association. Leah has been involved in the treatment of eating disorders since November of 2006 and joined Montecatini in October of 2011 as the Registered Dietician. Leah is passionate in providing an individualized nutrition care plan that helps her clients to develop a healthy relationship with food through variety, moderation and balance and to live healthier, happier lives.

Terri Edwards, PA-C

Physician

Terri received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science/Corporate Fitness from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Health Professions and Physician Assistant Certificate from Northeastern University. Terri is board certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed in California. Terri worked in Pain Management. Her experience includes chronic pain, substance abuse, family practice and orthopedics with an emphasis on the spine.

Christina Pappafotis, MA,PCCI

Primary Therapist

Christina received her BA from James Madison University, Virginia, in Psychology, where she gained practicum experience at her school's Student Counseling Center and within the community working with individuals with varying degrees of mental health issues, substance use issues, and eating disorders. Following graduation Christina moved to California to pursue her Masters of Arts degree from the University of San Diego's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She graduated with an emphasis in Substance Abuse and Addiction and a background in Eating Disorders. Currently she is working toward becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, with plans to continue working in the co-occurring mental health field. In her free time, Christina enjoys exploring the west coast, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones including her beloved dog. Christina believes a sense of humor can take you far in life, along with living a balanced lifestyle that nourishes the mind, body, and soul.

Gina Franceschi , MA, PCCI

Primary Therapist

Gina is a graduate from the University of San Diego’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, with an emphasis in Eating Disorders. She is currently in process of completing her licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor. Gina comes to Montecatini with a strong experience in counseling with at risk adolescence, as well as young adults in the greater San Diego area. Her graduate level practicum within the non-profit sector provided much of the foundation for her work with those struggling with eating disorders. She was trained in Motivational Interviewing, as well as a Cognitive Behavioral Theoretical Approach to counseling. Her personal style and strong communication skills have allowed her to relate to her patients through one-on-one, and group therapy sessions. Gina offers her proven expertise, and good nature to the healing process at Montecatini.

Jamie Kohanyi, MFT

Program Therapist

Jamie Kohanyi is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Counseling Psychology program with an emphasis in Depth Psychotherapy. She is additionally certified in Expressive Arts Therapy and Transpersonal Studies from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. With a bachelor’s degree from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Jamie has integrated music, movement, and creative symbolism in her work with eating disordered women and their families in several residential, partial, and outpatient settings. She is currently in the process of completing her licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Jamie’s approach to individual and group psychotherapy is informed by family systems, feminist schemas, and the 12-step model of recovery. In addition to her training and professional experience, Jamie’s hopes to bring to her patients inspiration and empathy arising from thirteen years of her own personal eating disorder recovery.

Stephanie Lyons

Patient Assistant Supervisor

Stephanie received her Associates in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2010. She is currently working on her Registered Nursing license at Palomar College in San Marcos.
Stephanie joined Montecatini in 2013 as a patient assistant. She made this choice to allow her to gain a diversified experience working closely with our clients and staff as well as an opportunity to comminucate the level of compassion she has for other people. From this, she has earned friendships and working relationships with coworkers that empower her to grow and flourish in both her understanding of people but also in her understanding of the interworkings of Montecatini. In July of 2014 Stephanie took the Patient Assistant Supervisor position where she continues to gain a greater knowledge of eating disorders and promotes recovery for our clients through regulated therapy as well as genuine caring interactions. She also continues to grow supporting her team to provide a safe and healthy environment for the clients.

Aniko Contrado

Chef

Aniko studied Restaurant Management at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, CA and acquired vast experience in several restaurants and catering establishments in the San Diego area for the last 10 years.
Aniko joined Montecatini in 2011 in a dual role working both as the assistant chef and patient assistant. This allowed her to gain a diversified experience working closely with our clients while utilizing her unique set of culinary skills. In February of 2014 Aniko took the head chef position where she has continued to maintain a distinctive menu while meeting the various dietary needs of our clients.

Jacqueline Paulson

Marketing Director

Jacqueline has been involved in the treatment of eating disorders for over 15 years. Her experience in the field combined with her passion for helping others has made her a great addition to the Montecatini team.

Jeannie Obermayer

Intake Coordinator

Jeannie has worked in the medical field for over 20 years. She comes to Montecatini with a background in hospital administration, supporting the needs of inpatients and outpatients in both adult and pediatric populations. Jeannie finds it rewarding to improve the quality of any person’s life in any way she can. She is committed to healthy living and supports the recovery process along with her fellow staff. She has been with Montecatini since June 2011. Aside from work, her interests are in the outdoors, gardening, and craft projects.

Lynette Kalama

Office/Operations Manager

Lynette has worked in the Medical field for more than 25 years. Her experience has been in Long Term Care Pharmacy and Drug and Psychiatric Hospitals as the Billing and Office Manager. Lynette has an extensive background in insurance and third party billing. She is also dedicated to creating a positive and healthy environment for the patients and staff and ensuring everyone’s needs are met.