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Advisory Board


Pati Reiss, BA, HHC, NRC

Pati Reiss, BA, HHC, NRC is a certified holistic health coach/nutrition recovery coach, educator and chef. Her work focuses on teaching & coaching healthy lifestyle upgrades, addiction/mental health recovery and holistic gourmet cooking. This is done using nutrition, food, amino acid therapy, meditation and movement. Through her own healing recovery Pati has found that vibrant health, hope and recovery are possible and advocates this in all her teachings. 

She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NYC New York 2000, and holds and Bachelor of Arts in Human Services & Special Education from Trinity College, Vermont 1978. She has completed, The Neuro-Nutrient Therapy for Addictive Disorders Training with Julia Ross in June of 2008 and her certification training as a Recovery Nutrition Coach through The Alliance for Addiction Solutions 2014. She has been a board member of The Alliance for Addiction Solutions promoting  nutrition & integrative

therapies for transforming the addictive brain, since 2010 and is currently the president of the board of directors.

She currently has a private Holistic Health & Recovery Coaching practice in Salt Lake City, Utah and also works long distance with clients throughout the country. She is currently and has been teaching nutrition, meditation and movement for recovery at a residential treatment program & in the community in Salt Lake City. She also does holistic recovery trainings throughout the country. Pati is also founder of, High Vibe Recovery a holistic recovery coaching program & The Holistic Gourmet which offers cooking classes, food & nutrition education classes.

Salt Lake City, Utah


Julia Ross, MA 

Board of Directors Emeritus

A pioneer in the field of addiction recovery, Julia Ross has founded and directed eight treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1980. As director of outpatient programs at the Henry Ohloff House, Ross instituted seven programs in three counties, including the area’s first treatment programs for the addicted family system, for addicted adolescents, and for marijuana and food-addicted individuals. Ross is currently the Executive Director of the Recovery Systems Outpatient Clinic in Marin County (1988 to present). There, she and her staff psychologists, nutritionists and physicians have developed an innovative treatment model combining nutrient therapy and biochemical rebalancing with counseling and 12-step programs.

In 1994 Ross began teaching in the addiction counselor certification programs at both U.C. Berkeley and JFK University. She is the author of The Mood Cure (Penguin2004), a nutritional brain-support manual for mood and addiction problems, and the best-selling The Diet Cure (Penguin 2000) on recovery from carbohydrate addiction. Ross has addressed hundreds of conferences and workshops and has appeared as an expert on dozens of radio and television programs, including an NBC11-TV news special aired throughout the country in 2006.

She presents training seminars for professionals on Amino Acid Therapy for the treatment of chemical dependency, carbohydrate addiction, depression, anxiety, and other neurotransmitter deficiency problems. She also provides private consultation to individual practitioners and to treatment programs and clinics.

Recovery Systems


Joe Eisele, CACIII, NCAC


Clinical Director, InnerBalance Health Center

Joe Eisele is a nationally certified alcohol and drug therapist with specialized training in intervention techniques from the Johnson Institute. Joe has been treating addictions in the Fort Collins area for over 30 years.

Joe lost the years from age 14 to 34 to drugs and alcohol. His life careened from being jailed for drunkenness as a teen to mental institutions to multiple addiction treatment programs, which led to continual relapsing no matter how sincerely he worked the programs. Depression, anxiety, and insomnia, again and again, drove him back to the bottle. Two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a day helped but in the end profound recovery happened after he discovered he had low thyroid and adrenal hormones, imbalanced blood sugar, malnourishment, and genetic quirks that required special supplementation for body systems to function normally.

As a result of proper medical testing and interpretation of results, changing his diet, taking needed vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fish oil, and becoming physically fit (including running a marathon), Joe has stayed sober for over thirty years, raised three children, maintained a marriage, and thrived at a job he loves. As Clinical Director at InnerBalance Health Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, he now helps others use biochemical repair to maintain their own recovery.

InnerBalance Health Center.

Loveland, Colorado


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Christina Veselak

Founder & Director of Academy for Addiction & Mental Health Nutrition

Christina T. Veselak is the founder and director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition. She has been a licensed psychotherapist for over 30 years, and currently provides on-line Relapse Prevention Coaching and Mental Health Nutrition to a wide variety of clients.

Christina is committed to staying abreast of the rapidly growing science of orthomolecular psychiatry and functional nutrition & biochemistry for mental health, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with both the general public and professionals in the fields of addiction recovery & mental health treatment.

Academy for Addiction & Mental Health Nutrition

Lyle R. Fried


CAP, ICADC, CHC Co-Founder and CEO

The Shores Recovery

Lyle is a Board-Certified Addictions Professional, an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator, an Approved Training Provider for the Florida Certification Board, and a Certified Health Coach. He is a lifetime member of Psi Chi, the national honor society for Psychology. He is a member of the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is currently the Chairman of the Board for the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) and also serves on their Compliance and Ethics committees.


As a training provider and consultant to treatment facilities Lyle has assisted many in the addictions treatment field improve their professionalism and gain board-certification. He has also guided several organizations in the process to obtain licensure and national accreditation, has helped to establish several successful treatment centers and continues to consult with many centers to help them improve outcomes. As a certified health coach, he assists clients in obtaining optimal health and the accompanying benefits, both physically and mentally.


Lyle Fried, CAP, ICADC, CHC,



Jean M Muldoon, RN

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Ellie Wright, 

Naturopathic Physician


Dr. Ellie Wright graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, followed by a graduate level Certificate in Geriatric and Gerontology.  She continued her education at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where she graduated with a Doctoral Degree in Naturopathic Medicine. She is a faculty member for the University of Phoenix, teaching Advanced Pathophysiology in the Nursing Master Program.  Her passion is natural medicine through a holistic approach, with emphasis on research-based & evidence-based protocols. She owns her own medical practice at Magnolia Personalized Medicine in Glendale, Arizona, where she creates her own formulations and personalized protocols through a combination of nutritional therapy, botanical medicine, enzyme therapy, amino acids therapy, and mitochondria support.

Dr. Wright presents her research annually around the world for EGW Research Institute LLC. Her approach to mental health bridges the world of medicine and psychology to get to the root of the problem, removing the barriers to healing through a mind & body detox.  In this holistic approach she evaluates adrenal function, thyroid, food sensitivities, malabsorption, emotional health, environmental exposure, and nutritional status, modulating neurotransmitters and hormonal pathways to revitalize the whole body. Her goal is to balance the biochemical changes in the brain that comes from anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress, aging and overuse of drug medication.  As a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist she utilizes the universal language of the subconscious through words and visualization to empower clients into reaching their goals.

Her greatest joy comes from being able to educate, empower people, and create healthy lifestyles. Her inspiration is the uniqueness of each individual for which she provides personalized recommendations. She is certified in nutritional genetics with Nutrigenetic Research Institute and believes in the integration of knowledge of epigenetics and environmental medicine to provide a more personalized treatment for patients. As a member of the Naturopathic Anthroposophical Society she unites the world of medicine with a spiritual philosophy, nature, and the physical body through incorporating compress therapy, eurythmy therapy, art therapy, and therapeutic baths.

Dr. Wright is honored to be part of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions Advisory Board, to provide support to the unifying team of professionals whose goal is to help the organization help people heal.


Registered Nurse for over 40 years, working in all areas of Nursing. Currently working in Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment on Maui. 

Director of Nursing


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