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Eating disorder recovery is possible.

No one chooses to have an eating disorder, but you can choose not to go through it alone. Alsana is here for you whenever you are ready.

We would like to be your eating recovery community.

Who we are

Alsana is an eating recovery community and treatment provider that helps adult clients of all genders achieve lasting eating disorder recovery and whole health.

We offer clients individualized, holistic...

treatment programming that is built on the foundation of our Adaptive Care Model®. this allows our treatment teams to address and help heal all areas of clients’ lives- including relational and movement-related challenges that often go untreated with traditional ED care models.

With in-person programs in California, Alabama, and Missouri, and virtual programs that serve clients across the U.S., our compassionate team of eating disorder treatment professionals is committed to meeting each unique client where they are in their recovery journey.

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Alsana's guiding principles.

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Servant Leadership

We support and serve our fellow teammates with compassion and humbleness.

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Lovingly Direct

We are kind, honest, transparent, and we say what needs to be said as compassionately as possible.

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Let Your Light Shine

We share our passions and bring positivity to everything we do.

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Be Awesome

We always strive for excellence and we delightfully exceed expectations.

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Be Accountable

We do what we say and create unique solutions for each individual.

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Clients First

We are here to serve our clients. Our clients come first and are the center of our universe.

Meet our team

Gayle Devin

CEO | she/her/hers

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Gayle Devin

Gayle joined Alsana in 2021, after accepting the role of Chief Executive Officer. She is an accomplished executive with an exemplary record of leading companies and teams within the healthcare services field. Most recently, she served as the CEO of ActivStyle, a national direct-to-consumer medical supply company.

Gayle attended the University of Illinois, where she received a B.S. in Communication and minored in Biology. She then earned a degree in Nutrition from the University of Illinois Medical Center, and went on to work as a registered dietitian, specializing in nutritional support.

Early in her career, she shifted from direct patient care to education and research.  As an accomplished author, Gayle has published more than 50 articles and contributed to books while working at the Midwest Nutrition Education and Research Foundation. Blending the best of her experiences, Gayle moved into leadership roles for regional and national healthcare service companies.

Gayle is skilled in improving patient care/outcomes and inspiring trust with partners. Her experience, and her passion for improving access to quality health care, make her an effective, results-driven servant leader.

Gayle and her husband are very involved in giving back to the community through various advocacy/support groups with the goal of making a positive difference in people’s lives-  particularly the underserved.  They also invest in bringing the “magic of live theatre and the arts” to young people.

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Margherita Mascolo, MD, CEDS

Chief Medical Officer

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Margherita Mascolo, MD, CEDS

As Chief Medical Officer at Alsana, Margherita Mascolo, leads the medical component of Alsana’s Adaptive Care Model®. Margherita has over 10 years of hands-on experience and extensive knowledge in the treatment of eating disorders.

Prior to joining Alsana, Margherita served as the Medical Director at ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health. She works closely with Alsana’s medical leadership including Chief Nursing Officer, Lyn Goldring on the development and implementation of our medical care.

After completing her undergraduate work at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, Margherita earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. Her residency was completed in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver.

Margherita is board-certified in Internal Medicine, has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on the medical complications of eating disorders, travels nationally and internationally to speak on these complications, and has earned her certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS) certification.

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Tammy Beasley, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, CSSD

Vice President, Clinical Nutrition Services

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Tammy Beasley, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, CSSD

About Tammy Beasley

As the Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services, Tammy Beasley focuses on program development and staff training to provide consistency and excellence in nutrition programming at all Alsana programs. She is a passionate advocate for clients seeking a healthier, more nourishing relationship with food and mealtime.

With more than three decades of experience as a registered/licensed dietitian nutritionist, Tammy has served in multiple dimensions of care including inpatient and outpatient settings, advocacy, and clinical training as Director of IAEDP Certification. As the first registered dietitian to become certified with IAEDP in 1993 and the first Alabama dietitian to receive the certified specialist in sports dietetics in 2007, Tammy is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and leader in the nutrition field.

A frequent speaker at national and international conferences, Tammy is committed to sharing evidence-based nutritional science and integrating them with both practical and innovative modalities. She is a strong proponent of a collaborative treatment approach in helping clients achieve full eating disorder recovery and whole, sustainable healing.

By choosing practices to create calm and help manage fear around mealtime, we work to banish shame from the equation. We begin to make food choices inspired by self-compassion, not fear. And a desire to feel in control is replaced by the feeling of being grounded and non-reactive. – Tammy Beasley

Nutrition at Alsana

The Nutritional dimension of the Adaptive Care Model® works to help clients restore the balance between nourishment and pleasure on physical and emotional levels.

This helps clients heal their relationships with both food and with their bodies. With guidance and exposure to a variety of food choices and real-life eating experiences, clients gain mealtime confidence and learn to enjoy the entire culinary experience – not just the food.

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Heather Russo, LMFT, CEDS-S

Chief Clinical Officer | she/her

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Heather Russo, LMFT, CEDS-S

Heather says that coming to Alsana felt a bit like coming home. In her role as Chief Clinical Officer, Heather is responsible for nurturing the growth and success of our clinical treatment teams and maintaining the integrity and efficacy of our Adaptive Care Model®’s Therapeutic Dimension.

Heather is deeply passionate about helping people find a better relationship with themselves and says she finds great fulfillment when clients’ perception of what their life could be begins to expand and grow.

In her previous Alsana role as Regional Executive Director over Westlake Village programs and Virtual programs, Heather has proven to be a talented, natural servant leader with an authentic passion for supporting clients as well as each member of our treatment teams. Most importantly, Heather exemplifies a strong commitment to our Guiding Principles and the Alsana culture.

Heather is currently earning her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health. She holds an MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Supervisor (CEDS-S) In addition, Heather is currently working towards her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health.

Heather has served as a clinician and clinical leader in eating disorder treatment for 14 years. Most recently, before joining Alsana in 2020, Heather served as the Regional Assistant Vice President of a multisite national eating disorder treatment provider where she focused on clinical consistency and the implementation of evidence-based practices.

In addition, earlier in her career, Heather served in clinical leadership over other multisite providers as well as single program site treatment providers. She helped to develop and launch co-occurring eating disorder and substance use programs, recognizing the importance of transdiagnostic treatment.

Heather has been a member of several well-known associations, including the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Los Angeles Chapter. Notably, she served as Membership Chairperson.

Between work, school, and three kids at home (including four-year-old twins!), Heather says she doesn’t have an abundance of free time but loves what she does.

She’s excited to be part of a team that is “changing the game” for eating disorder treatment, and says it is the happiest privilege and honor to witness and support clients’ recovery.

 

I intend to support our teams by building on what they already do so well; we will get back to the foundational elements of Alsana, re-energize around our Guiding Principles, and nurture our Adaptive Care Model. We will explore how our therapeutic services can continually align with cutting-edge research in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring illnesses.”

 

-Heather Russo, LMFT, CEDS-S

Chief Clinical Officer for Alsana

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Jordan Watson, M.A.

Chief Growth Officer

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Jordan Watson, M.A.

Jordan serves the eating disorder population with national leadership experience in the behavioral healthcare industry. He brings a spirited style to admissions, outreach, and marketing that is characterized by authenticity, passion, and mission congruence.

As the VP of Growth and Development at Alsana, Jordan led our admissions and outreach departments while providing an excellent front end experience to our potential clients, families, and referral partners.

Now, as Chief Growth Officer, Jordan is responsible for developing and implementing Alsana’s growth strategy, including leading our marketing, professional relations, outreach, and admissions teams to reach ambitious goals for serving our Eating Recovery Community.

His professional history highlights a unique ability to develop a culture within teams, operate across various functional areas, manage strategic plans that successfully open new clinic locations, and negotiate key bilateral referral partnerships.

Jordan holds an MA in Psychology from Pepperdine University and maintains a diversified knowledge of the behavioral healthcare industry due to his work in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Lastly, Jordan enjoys his relationships, a great story, spending time with his wife, Chrissy, practicing yoga, and surfing with his family.

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Brian Cook, PhD

Vice President of Movement, Research, & Outcomes

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Brian Cook, PhD

Dr Cook has developed an original line of research examining the etiological role, management, and therapeutic potential of exercise in eating disorders. His education at the Universities of Rhode Island and Florida and a NIMH post-doctoral fellowship at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND allowed him to train under experts in the eating disorder field. This has resulted in presenting research at international conferences (e.g., Eating Disorders Research Society, the Academy for Eating Disorders), chairing conference paper sessions, publications in leading journals (e.g., International Journal of Eating Disorders) and book chapters, and a keynote address at the IAEPD 2017 Symposium.

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Chris Gorciak

Vice President of Marketing

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Chris Gorciak

As Vice President of Marketing and part of Alsana’s Growth team, Chris leads the Alsana marketing team bringing more than ten years of data-driven healthcare marketing and leadership experience.

Chris’ background is characterized as a builder of marketing strategies with a track record of cultivating collaborative, high-performance teams that respond effectively to environmental, competitive, and marketplace challenges. His responsibilities and oversight include digital marketing, content strategy, web development, public relations, reputation management, social media, field marketing and events, and brand value creation.

He and his team are fully aligned with Alsana’s mission to deliver an inspired and compassionate healing experience to as many people as possible. Chris is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and enjoys a good Angels baseball game, a relaxing day on Balboa Island, or a hearty backyard barbecue with his wife and family.

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Blaine Faulkner

Chief Financial Officer

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Blaine Faulkner

As Alsana’s Chief Financial Officer, Blaine is responsible for financial performance and strategy. He makes sure our teams have the resources they need to provide great care to Alsana’s clients.

Blaine brings more than 30 years of healthcare experience to Alsana, and most recently served as CEO and President of First Health, a national managed care company. He holds an MBA from the University of San Diego, an undergraduate degree in accounting from San Diego State University and is a CPA.

Blaine lives in San Diego with his family and is an avid college basketball fan. He serves on the Advisory Board of San Diego State’s Lamden School of Accountancy and is a former Jeopardy! champion.

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