With over 25 years of experience treating patients with addictions, The Ridge’s staff is exceptionally qualified and eager to help you or your loved one break free of addiction’s grip and get started living in recovery.
Our Program is Run by
Dr. Marc Whitsett
The Ridge Ohio Substance Use Disorder Treatment Center is facilitated by compassionate staff including two doctors, and a psychiatrist.
We accredit our client’s consistent success to the passion-driven program our Medical Director, Dr. Marc Whitsett gave us with vision and purpose.
Dr. Whitsett continues the legacy, began by the late Dr. Jeffrey Stuckert. Both physicians agreed, that the cunning disease of addiction should be battled using a variety of modalities. Cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and trauma therapy are key components to include with traditional 12 step methods.
At The Ridge, you will find physicians, licensed counselors, and specialty therapists that grant clients from across the Midwest, a highly effective approach at overcoming addiction.
Dr. Bethany J. DeRhodes, Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Bethany J. DeRhodes serves as the Assistant Medical Director of The Ridge residential treatment program and staff psychiatrist. She is a highly knowledgeable, resourceful, compassionate board-certified psychiatrist and USAF Veteran with 11 years of experience in both medical and military settings. Dr. DeRhodes joined The Ridge staff in Jan 2019.
Dr. DeRhodes completed her undergraduate work in Biology with a minor in Music at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She received a scholarship for medical training through the Health Professions Scholarship Program and graduated from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. Dr. DeRhodes completed her residency through the Wright State University Residency Training Program from 2004-2008 and was chief resident in psychiatry from 2007-2008. She served in the United States Air Force from 2000-2012 to include 8 years at Misawa Air Base Japan where she served as the Mental Health Flight commander managing the mental health services of approximately 10,000 military personnel and their dependents. Since completing her training, Dr. DeRhodes has accumulated diverse experience in treating psychiatric patients in various settings. Her experience spans acute inpatient units, transplant services, consultation-liaison psychiatry (psychosomatic medicine), addiction medicine, psychotherapy, and outpatient medical management.
Stacy Klousiadis, M.Ed., LICDC, Clinical Director
Hello, my name is Stacy Klousiadis and I am the Clinical Director for The Ridge. I hold an LICDC, which is an independent license through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board. I have my master’s in education with a focus on professional counseling from Lindsey Wilson College. I have been working with this organization for over 10 years now. I enjoy working with the other members of this team to make sure that we provide the best care for each individual that comes through the Ridge.
William Stonebraker LCDCIII, Ridge Counselor
I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science and have worked in the chemical dependency field since 2002. I love working with our clients as they continually challenge me to be a better listener and a more effective agent of change. The organization, my supervisors and co-workers allow me to broker hope for people who deeply need it.
Kellie Luley LICDC-CS, Ridge supervising counselor
I hold a LICDC-CS, which is an independent license in chemical dependency counseling with a Clinical Supervisor endorsement through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. I have been working as a counselor at the Ridge since December 30, 2013. In 2008, I received my Master’s Degree from University of Cincinnati, focusing on Addictions. I love working with clients, their families, and staff at the Ridge. One of the greatest gifts I get the opportunity to witness is the clients finding hope and discovering who they are.
Katrina Kanigoski, LCDC II, Ridge counselor
My name is Katrina but I go by Kat. I hold an LCDC II, which is a license in chemical dependency counseling through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. My degree is in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Addiction Counseling. I have been working as a counselor at the Ridge since February 2016. I am passionate about educating, motivating and instilling hope to our clients.
J. Kyle Short CDCA-II, Aftercare Counselor
My name is J. Kyle Short CDCA-II. I began working at the Ridge in June of 2015. I started out as a Patient Safety Monitor; working most weekends as well as night shifts. I was promoted within a few short months to a primary clinician position. I worked at the Ridge until November 2017. At that time, I “spread my wings” and branched out to another in-patient rehabilitation facility. Early 2019 I was asked if I would be interested to take over the Ridge Aftercare counselor position, to which I immediately agreed and re-joined the team February 1, 2019. I believe in the Ridge, the clinicians and the medical team that assists people in reclaiming and rediscovering themselves with dignity and kindness. It is the most fulfilling role I have had, outside of being a father to a daughter and a brand-new son.
By far, the most rewarding aspect of this “job” is seeing people start to love and accept themselves. Watching someone who believes themselves to be weak develop strength gives me the courage to continue moving forward, despite the obstacle, which is most likely self-created. I frequently bring myself back to the present moment. Every day, I face fears in my life- whether they be the fear of inadequacy, the fear of judgment, or the fear of the unknown. My 11-year sober anniversary, God-willing, is on July 1, 2019. Without the principles of recovery continuing to be implemented, I would have nothing.
We must be moldable and absorbent to what other people, who have walked in our shoes, have to say. We must step out of our comfort zone, ask for and accept help from another person. We must believe in ourselves. We must begin loving ourselves. We must be gentle and kind to ourselves. How we love ourselves is how we teach others to love us.
Greg Taleff CDCA-II, Patient Safety Monitor Supervisor
My name is Greg Taleff. I am the Patient Safety Monitor Supervisor at The Ridge. I have been working at The Ridge since December of 2016. I was promoted to PSM Supervisor in November of 2018. I also help assist our clinical team by facilitating three educational groups a week and filling in on other groups when needed. I find this job to be very rewarding. I am in recovery myself. I understand what our clients have been through and are going through. At the end of the day if we have helped just one client find a new way to live without drugs and alcohol then we have done our job. It’s a blessing to see a change in clients attitude and behavior over their stay at the Ridge.
Erika Eisenberg, LISW, MSW, Trauma Therapist
Erika Eisenberg is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and therapist specializing in the treatment of trauma, PTSD, C-PTSD, Grief, Depression, and Anxiety. Erika Received her MSW from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. She has worked in the public mental health system, and as a hospice social worker, and in 2013, opened a thriving private practice (now located at Clermont Mental Health) in Anderson Township. Erika is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and additionally uses Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ego State therapy, Somatic Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy with clients. Erika ascribes to the belief that “Trauma that’s not transformed is transmitted (Andrew Zimmern).” Her experience is that trauma therapy is powerful, healing and transformative. She’s grateful to witness the courage, vulnerability, learning, and growth that is possible through the therapeutic process!
Dave Fulciniti, Executive Chef
Dave Fulciniti is the Executive Chef at The Ridge. He tends to the dietary and culinary needs of clients at the inpatient facility. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, Dave has previously worked as the Executive Chef at the Dayton Racquet Club, Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort, and in 1993 was a Ritz-Carlton Five-Star Employee of the Year. When he’s not preparing three squares a day for clients at The Ridge, Dave spends time with his wife of 27 years, watches Dallas Cowboys football, throws a lot of darts and enjoys the occasional fishing trip.
Crystal Rutherford, Professional Chef's Assistant
Crystal has worked as a professional Chef’s assistant at The Ridge since October of 2018. Prior to accepting a position at The Ridge Crystal had worked in the food industry for the past 3 years and enjoys learning and exploring new cuisines and interacting with the clients. In April of 2019 Crystal celebrated 3 years of recovery. Outside of The Ridge Crystal can be found in the stand’s supporting her kid’s numerous extracurricular activities in the field and at school.
NKU Graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behaviour Management. Worked several years in Management and Training positions. Went into food preparation working as head A.M. cook at NKU then on to Chefs assistant at the Ridge.