Eating Disorder Treatment in Monterey, CA | Alsana®

Eating Disorder Treatment in Monterey, California

When an individual receives early, adaptive, and developmentally appropriate care, their recovery from disordered eating is not only possible, it’s probable!

Welcome to Alsana Monterey

A journey requires the right starting place. Alsana in Monterey, California offers a relaxed,  ...

tranquil environment to start your healing process off on the right foot.

Nestled between Pebble Beach, Carmel, Monterey and close to the Big Sur coast, the area is renowned for its natural beauty, seasonal monarch butterflies, and grazing deer.

The location has been renovated and updated to fully provide for your healing journey and comfort. We’ve brought in an exceptional team of experienced, eating disorder professionals at this historic, residential location who are committed to your care.

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Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

We want you to succeed and we know the first step is often the hardest.
At Alsana in Monterey, California we offer three levels of care, plus virtual options for IOP and PHP.
The ability to step up or down throughout treatment is always an open option.

Our Monterey, CA Staff

Linda Gorostieta, MSN, RN

Regional Director of Nursing

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Linda Gorostieta, MSN, RN

As the Regional Director of Nursing for California, Linda is responsible for overseeing the nursing teams, as well as the delivery, and quality of nursing care at all California residential and outpatient facilities. Linda works collaboratively with the National Nursing Director, and the clinical multidisciplinary team to ensure the utmost quality of care is delivered to our clients. 

Linda earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Nurse Leadership from The University of San Francisco. Before coming to Alsana, Linda has worked in acute care in the Bay Area in Labor and Delivery, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In her free time, Linda enjoys local Santa Barbara beaches, watching scary movies, scouring antique stores, and pizza. 

Linda is most passionate about family, helping others, and all things mental health. Linda finds fulfillment in making others smile and helping solve problems. 

Linda’s background also includes working as a legal assistant in San Francisco before deciding to become a nurse.

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Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD

Lead RD | she/her/hers

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Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD

Allison Tropf is the Lead Registered Dietitian for Alsana in Monterey, California. Allison moved to Monterey in November 2019 to become a part of the Alsana family. Before Alsana, Allison owned a private practice, ALT Performance Nutrition, LLC, where she worked with adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders and individual youth and adult athletes. Allison also served as a sports dietitian for professional athletic teams, collegiate teams, and athletic clubs, and high schools. Allison completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University and her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University.

Allison completed her dietetic internship through Virginia State University and started her dietetics career in clinical dietetics. After a few years in the clinical world, Allison branched out to pursue her passion in sports nutrition and eating disorders, which she is so excited to continue doing with Alsana. Allison enjoys being outdoors, running, reading, hiking, fishing, archery, and learning new things in her spare time.

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Johnny Williamson, MD

Psychiatrist | he/him/his

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Johnny Williamson, MD

Prior to joining Alsana, Johnny served as the Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in the Chicagoland area, caring for individuals diagnosed with various eating disorders.  He has over 6 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Williamson completed his undergraduate degree at the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.  Subsequently, he completed both general psychiatry and child and adolescent residencies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Williamson spent much of his early career in community psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and hospital-based work.  More recently Dr. Williamson provides care in a mix of inpatient work, residential treatment and private practice.

Dr. Williamson is board-certified in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has over 20 years of experience in mental health.

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Andy Williams, LMFT, MBA

Senior Regional Executive Director

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Andy Williams, LMFT, MBA

As the regional executive director of central and northern California with Alsana, Andy was inspired by the company’s mission to be the leader in quality clinical services, and for the opportunity to join a team that he respects and wants to learn from.

Andy appreciates that no day is exactly the same in his line of work, and that he gets to join in on groups, budget conversations, recruiting and more. Andy believes being part of a growing company is an opportunity to take part in growth initiatives and to jump in and help wherever it’s needed.

Andy earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology from California State University Hayward, his Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller School of Psychology, and his MBA from Jack Welch Management Institute.

Andy is a big sports fan who grew up in Texas and follows the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys very passionately. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the trails of central California with his trusty Labrador, Hank, and sampling the local coffees and pastries with his wife.

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Ebony Hand, LVN

Nurse Manager | she/her/hers

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Ebony Hand, LVN

As a charge nurse with Alsana, Ebony enjoys having direct interaction with clients and working with the company’s knowledgeable staff. She also loves witnessing each client’s recoveries and how a change of perspective can alter actions and lives.

Ebony holds an Associates degree in natural science and has 13 years of experience in acute care and subacute care. She is IV certified, a certified phlebotomist, and a licensed vocational nurse.

A former professional skater, Ebony enjoys photography, going to the movies, and helping people in any capacity she can.

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Carissa Surace, AMFT, LMFT

Director of Clinical Services for Clara

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Carissa Surace, AMFT, LMFT

As the Director of Clinical Services at Alsana Clara, Carissa is inspired by her colleagues’ passion and enthusiasm and loves the collaborative environment. She believes healing happens in community and positive relationships for clients and staff alike.
Previously, Carissa was a residential counselor and a primary therapist at other eating disorder treatment centers, and former lead therapist at Alsana.

Carissa graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the University of Massachusetts-Boston with a Master of Science in Family Therapy.

In her free time, Carissa enjoys hiking, being outside, and watching The Office on repeat. She also loves spending time with her one-tooth, sassy cat named Wednesday.

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Hali Markham

Program Director | she/her/hers

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Hali Markham

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Kathy Burrola, MA, LMFT

Director of Clinical Services

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Kathy Burrola, MA, LMFT

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In their own words

Let Alsana help you write your own story of hope and healing. We would like to be your eating recovery community

  • The staff at Alsana proved to be extremely talented in the art and the skill of not colluding with my eating disorder while...

    also not treating me as if  I was an eating disorder. They treated me like the real, whole person that I had lost sight of. They have an ability to hold nuance gently and they aren’t afraid to wade into the hardest waters, which is so much more helpful than receiving treatment that is guided by a rigid manual. There is an unbelievable amount of safety at Alsana because of this and my gratitude is crazy high!
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    Sydney
    Sydney
  • As I began to apply the knowledge I gained from Alsana into my daily life, I found that my anxiety, guilt, shame ...

    and self-criticism steadily faded like a candle flickering on its last legs. I found authentic joy in things I used to reprimand myself for doing. I took, and continue to take pride in the progress I made and continue to make. Most importantly, I am now capable of self-acceptance and self-love whether I succeed, fail or anything in between.
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    Paul
    Paul
  • Before coming to Alsana, I had never had a treatment experience in which the "how" and "why" of the eating ...

    disorder were addressed. This has proven to be essential in my treatment at Alsana and also in my daily life as a member of society. Alsana providers led me through so much illuminating self-reflection about topics that I had never before considered relevant to my treatment, recovery, or self in general. Alsana staff appreciate and treat the individual, and I felt this in and outside of therapy sessions. They always humored my random geography facts and propensity to trail glitter wherever I went. 🙂 Ultimately, my treatment experience at Alsana taught me how to be a shamelessly authentic individual, and it gave me a sense of safety to explore what it means to be myself. With so much love,
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    Kate
    Kate

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We will support you in finding your balance, purpose and possibilities. Welcome to Alsana. We are so glad you found us.

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