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Every client is unique at Las Vegas Recovery Center. Each member of our addiction treatment staff understands this and works collectively to help those suffering from chronic pain or addiction understand their disease. Doing so allows individuals to realize their full potential as they learn to live life productively and free from dependency.

Our Addiction Treatment Staff

Our team works to ensure that every client receives the specialized care they require and desire. It’s what makes the Las Vegas Recovery Center a nationally renowned addiction treatment and co-occurring chronic pain treatment center. You can get to know some of our staff below who have made Las Vegas Recovery Center what it is.

Executive Leadership

Stuart Smith


Jeff Speich

Chief Executive Officer

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

Chief Medical Officer

Elliot Wade, MD

Medical Director

Angela Laluzerne, MSSW, LCADC, LCSW Intern

Clinical Director

Bill Ryan, CLC, CIP, BRI II

Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning & Business Development

Sandra Michael

Clinical Finance Director

Daniel Higdon, RN

Director of Nursing, Intake Manager

Tiffani Izzo, CADC-Intern

Directer of Utilization Review & Compliance

Admissions & Clinical Outreach


Joseph Soprano

Admissions Manager

Gretta Sudekum

Admissions Counselor

Clinical Outreach

Vanessa Starr-Comiskey

Clinical Outreach

Amy Murdoch

Communications/Marketing Coordinator

Medical Staff & Nursing

Janice Disuanco, LPN

Lead License Practice Nurse

Connie Ellis, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Susana Melendrez, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Marsha Ellis, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Frederick Lumbao, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Yolanda Hoskins-Ahmad, MA

Medical Assistant

Mayra Cervanetes-Caja, MA

Medical Assistant

Jamika Pope, MA

Medical Assistant

Jessica Lumbao, LPN

Residential & Outpatient Counselors

Evan Sargent, CPC, QMHP, LCADC


Keri Anderson, CADC, CPGC


Ariann Chelli, LADC-Intern

Outpatient Manager

April Carter, CADC-Intern


Shelly Huerta, CADC-Intern


Melanie Felipe, CADC-Intern


Aleksandra Vukovic, CADC-Intern

Robert Hunter, PhD

1955 – 2018
You Will Be Missed

Alumni Services

Alvin Elliot

Alumni Recovery Advocate

Holistic & Wellness

Cheryl Slader

Certified Jivamukti Yoga Instructor

Robert Cui

Dietary Services Coordinator

Ron Schnese

Case Manager

Jessica Walter, OMD


Monica Serna RD, CDM, CFPP

Registered Dietitian