Treatment Staff

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, a residential addiction treatment program near Cincinnati, and knows that the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease for which there is a treatment, but no known cure.

The Ridge Ohio 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.

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.

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.

Rosena Gerike

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.