Meet our San Diego Team

Our staff members are chosen for their ability to provide you with the most advanced care possible and their dedication to delivering an extraordinary treatment experience. When you arrive at BrightQuest, you will know that you are in a safe place—one of kindness, expertise, and genuine compassion for the healing process.

Karlyn Pleasants, PsyD

Karlyn Pleasants, PsyD

Executive Clinical Consultant

Melissa Stevenson, MA, LMFT

Melissa Stevenson, MA, LMFT

Executive Director

Sean Ryan, MD

Sean Ryan, MD

Medical Director

Breanne Dargon, MA, LMFT

Breanne Dargon, MA, LMFT

Clinical Director

Stephanie Coyle, MA, LMFT

Stephanie Coyle, MA, LMFT

Associate Clinical Director

Taylor Stead, MA, LMFT

Taylor Stead, MA, LMFT

Program Director

Mikayla Weathers, M.A., AMFT

Mikayla Weathers, M.A., AMFT

Lead Clinician of Co-Occurring Services

Megan Harrison, MA, LMFT

Megan Harrison, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Jason Stein, MA, LMFT

Jason Stein, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Kate-Robin Shuart Piper, MA, LMFT

Kate-Robin Shuart Piper, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Jennifer Phelps, MA, Associate MFT

Jennifer Phelps, MA, Associate MFT

Art Therapy

Jennifer Lentenbrink, PH.D

Jennifer Lentenbrink, PH.D

Therapist

Kristin Donahue, LMFT

Kristin Donahue, LMFT

Therapist

Addison Angulo, MFT Trainee

Addison Angulo, MFT Trainee

Practicum Student

Dorothy Williams

Dorothy Williams

Residential Program Coordinator

Ursula Ridens, RDN

Ursula Ridens, RDN

Lead Dietitian

Valerie Hagemann, RD

Valerie Hagemann, RD

Registered Dietitian

Kathy San Filippo, M.A.

Kathy San Filippo, M.A.

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapist

John Malcolm

John Malcolm

Physical Wellness Coordinator

Yvonne Walsh, L.P.T.

Yvonne Walsh, L.P.T.

Licensed Psychiatric Technician

Jubilee Reep

Jubilee Reep

Healthcare Coordinator

Michaela Zermeno

Michaela Zermeno

Work Development Director

Katherine Wheaton

Katherine Wheaton

Admissions Coordinator

Diane Worley

Diane Worley

Assistant Administrative Coordinator

Christa Overton, MS, SUDCC

Christa Overton, MS, SUDCC

Milieu Manager

Jessica Copeland, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP

Jessica Copeland, M.Ed., LPC-MHSP

Client Relations Manager

Milieu Support Staff Personnel:

In addition to the above core staff positions, BrightQuest employs full-time Milieu Support Staff personnel whose duties are assigned and directed by our clinical staff. The Milieu Support Staff personnel have significant interaction with clients and often act as the “eyes and ears” of our clinical staff.

Milieu Support Staff personnel travel to each house multiple times daily:

  • Mornings – to ensure that all members of the household are out of bed with hygiene completed, and are off to begin their daily structures
  • Afternoons – to confirm that household chores have been performed and the house is in acceptable condition
  • Evenings – to make sure nutritious meals have been prepared and any conflicts have been resolved.

Weekly house meetings facilitated by the BrightQuest House Manager are conducted at the facility. In these meetings, the weekly meal plan and chore rotations are scheduled, and housemates are supported in practicing healthy interpersonal skills and learning about efficient household management. From assisting in the intervention on a client in a crisis or confirming medication compliance to changing a light bulb or attending a movie, the Milieu Support Staff personnel provide a vital role in the everyday function of BrightQuest’s therapeutic community.