FootPrints BHC is a collective of doctors and therapists, each and every one of which has experience in the fields of mental health and/or addiction. We understand detox, we understand addicts and we understand the processes involved with curing the mind and the body.

At FootPrints BHC there is always someone on hand to help you, whether you’re looking for expert advice regarding your health, or you just need someone to chat with. Detox can be a long, difficult and often traumatic experience, but thanks to our team of dedicated professionals, it’s not one that you have to tackle alone.

Meet The Team

Nicholas Russi, LAADC, CADC-II, CCS – Co-Founder

Nicholas Russi, LAADC, CADC-II, CCS – Co-Founder

FootPrints BHC was co-founded by Nicholas Russi, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Nicholas has worked in the field of addiction and mental health treatment for over 12 years.

In addiction, a recovering person himself, he has had the fortune of helping addicts all over the world, founding programs in the USA, Costa Rica and Panama Central America.In addition to his professional license in California, he currently holds a certification in counseling and clinical supervision.

“Our focus at FootPrints BHC is to help people learn to be free from the grips of addiction. Without help, this disorder will kill.”


Dr. Roberta Cone – Executive Director

Roberta Cone. Psy.D, M-RAS is the Executive Director at FootPrints Behavioral Health Center. Dr. Cone leads the entire clinical and administrative operations. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine in Cognitive Sciences and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the School for Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. She furthered her education by becoming a master’s level registered addictions specialist. Dr. Cone brings many years of leadership experience as a successful program administrator and clinician in the oversight, development, and delivery of addiction programs. She is passionate about helping individuals and families living with the disease of chemical dependency.

Through her own journey in recovery, she carries a message of hope, help, commitment, enthusiasm and compassion to clients and their families. Under her direction, clients experience their treatment with the necessary resources and a high standard of care. Dr. Cone provides leadership that ensures quality requirements are being fulfilled as FootPrints Behavioral Health continues to grow and earn a reputation for excellence.



Dr. Nita Vallens – Clinical Director (Los Angeles)

Nita Vallens, PsyD, LMFT, began her career as a career counselor managing career centers statewide, and helping to create a structure for employee chemical dependency treatment, with a 24 hour response time for anyone seeking help. 

She was certified in hypnosis and became licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) over two decades ago. Nita has worked in a variety of settings, gaining experience in many areas including relationship and intimacy, life transition, addiction, co-dependency, and unification of mind, body and spirit. 

Nita holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Her passion is helping people recover from addictions to find their true passion, nature and create a life of meaning and purpose.


Katie Goode – Clinical Director (Orange County)

Katie Goode, M.A., LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development. In addition to her degrees, she has completed training in: DBT, EMDR, Treatment Strategies for Eating Disorders, Yoga Teacher Training, Meditation Teacher Training and Hypnosis. She has been working with individuals, children, and families since 2004. In particular, she works with adults and teens struggling with anxiety, panic, chemical dependency and eating disorder issues that make it difficult for them to achieve their goals, dreams, and potential. Katie frequently presents seminars and Continuing Education workshops on Mindfulness Skills. She previously taught at Hope International University’s school of Marriage and Family Therapy and was the President of the Orange County Chapter of the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals.


Lori Secord – Program Director for Orange County

Ms. Secord graduated from San Diego City College with a certification in Alcohol and Drug studies. Lori’s career is built on more than 10 years of experience as a residential safety officer, program manager, and counselor in mental health and substance abuse. Lori comes to work as Program Director at FootPrints BHC managing our Residential and Intensive Outpatient programs in five Orange County treatment facilities. She has a passion for assisting people with overcoming obstacles and always goes above and beyond for our clients and the staff she supervises.


Peter Hoang, Program Director Los Angeles

Peter has a background leading marines as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His goal is to create successful staff members who in turn, help clients become successful in long term recovery.

He has 4 years of experience working in substance abuse and mental health, performing many different tasks, titles, and duties, starting as a technician, to a Director of Business Development, and a Director of Operations.

As a recovering alcoholic and addict himself he is able to relate to the experience of the clients and their families. With his experience, he helps the staff, the company, and the clients to better achieve the clinical and personal outcomes.


David Coulter – Director of Education and Training

David started at FootPrints Behavioral Health Center in March 2016 and has been involved with the recovery community since 2012. David has strived to set a higher standard that supports effective treatment within the industry by utilizing his experience and education. David received his Master of Education, with an emphasis on College Student Affairs, from Azusa Pacific University in 2004. He is authentic, leads by example to model the program of recovery by implementing recovery principles in his everyday life. David is supportive, personable and passionate about helping others get their lives back.


Natali Schmitz – Director of Human Resources

Joining the HR team in 2016, Natali comes to FootPrints BHC with over 10 years experience in customer service, human resources and community outreach. She has also been active in marketing and fundraising. Natali oversees employee relations, benefits, payroll, talent acquisition and and succession planning while maximizing employee engagement and the overall employment experience. She has a passion for working in the behavioral health and substance abuse field and supplies an atmosphere of support for both the company and the staff who work here.


Linda Rose – Business Development Director

Linda Rose Business Development Director at Footprints Behavioral Health is responsible for overseeing all strategic business growth. She has over 20 years of experience in business development, outreach, marketing and management. Linda brings vitality, professionalism, warmth and a mindset of quality service and client care. Because of this, she is well respected in the behavioral health industry for her extensive experience, unique perspective and passion for recovery. Meeting client’s needs always comes first is her philosophy, and is paramount in the testimony of her services from her former clients, care partners and families.


Helen Eneyew LVN – Client Care Manager Orange County

Helen Eneyew, LVN, Orange County Client Care Manager at Footprints Behavioral Health is a Licensed Vocational Nurse with over 6 years of experience in substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health care. Helen manages the nursing staff and oversees day-to-day client care. Her roles include administering medication, helping clients manage withdrawal symptoms, providing education about substance abuse and mental health, and supporting families and clients as they work on their recovery. Helen works diligently with our Medical Director and the staff she supervises to ensure all medical needs are met. She is passionate about her work and is in the process of advancing her skills by earning a bachelor of science in nursing.


Jesus Gasper, LVN – Client Care Manager Los Angeles

Jesus Gaspar, LVN is the Los Angeles Client Care Manager at Footprints Behavioral Health.
He has been working in behavioral health and substance abuse since 2014 and utilizes his experience by providing the most excellent care possible during our clients stay. Jesus is responsible for managing all aspects of client care, education, and the supervision of nursing staff. He works diligently with our Medical Director and client care staff to ensure all medical needs is met. Jesus has a caring personality and finds it rewarding to see the transformation that takes place in clients during rehabilitation treatment.




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