Dr. Michelle Banta

Medical Director

BantaDr. Michelle Banta is originally from Los Angeles and attended University of California at San Diego for her undergraduate degree in biology before heading to the University of Pennsylvania for medical school. A true California native, she returned as soon as she could, completing her residency in San Diego. Trained in psychiatry and board certified in addiction medicine, Dr. Banta joined the staff of Foundations San Diego in June 2015. She was drawn to the field of addiction recovery because she likes to see that change in people.

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In her role, she meets with each patient when they come in, performing a medical and psychiatric assessment, and she says she enjoys those opportunities to interact with patients. Dr. Banta is married with a daughter, three stepchildren and two dogs. When not working, she likes to be outdoors, hiking, boogie boarding or just hanging out at the beach.

Rob Brockman, LAADC, ICAADC

Program Manager

BrockmanRob Brockman is our intake/patient care coordinator. Rob believes strongly in treating the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Since 1988, Rob has assisted those struggling to overcome personal challenges associated with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Rob has extensive knowledge and experience in the whole continuum of patient care. He has also worked in outpatient settings over the last 20 years in the role of program director. Rob is thrilled to be part of a progressive organization and multi-disciplinary treatment team.

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Rob has been certified by the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and the National Association of Addictions Counselors since 1994. Rob was trained by the Cenaps Corporation and Terrence Gorski in 1993 as a relapse prevention specialist.

Rob provides hope, support and encouragement to many in the recovery community and insists on balance between work, family and play. He lives in Ocean Beach with his wife Gail and their pets. Rob loves to surf, paddle, run and bike. He is an active member of the Sunset Cliffs Surfing Association as a long-standing team captain, mentor and Grand Masters division competitor.

Chris Thomas, LMFT

Primary Therapist

ThomasCalifornia native Chris Thomas joined the Foundations San Diego team in August 2015, having also worked for several years at sister facility Michael’s House. While here, he has developed a Sexual Health and Recovery program, inspired by the sex-drug link he noticed in so many of those in treatment, as well as the LGBTQ-informed treatment track. In addition to his work with patients, he is also an engaging and dynamic speaker that has been featured at the Finding Freedom Symposium. Thomas studied at University of Phoenix, earning a master’s in counseling, and has a personal connection to the recovery field, having been sober for 22 years.

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Thomas began his career as a residential counselor, moving on to HIV counselor and harm reduction, and he has a strong LGBT background. In his downtime, Thomas loves the theater, likes to read and listen to music, enjoys going to the beach and playing with his dog. He’s also still active in his own recovery, going to meetings and serving as a sponsor for others.

Annie Gallagher, LMFT, LAACC

Primary Therapist

GallagherA Philadelphia native, Annie Gallagher joined Foundations San Diego as a primary therapist in July 2015. Using her heartfelt compassion and sense of humor to support those along the recovery path, Gallagher has helped patients work toward transformation for over 30 years. Following her undergraduate studies at University of California, Irvine, and University of California, Berkeley, she earned her master’s in counseling psychology, marriage and family from Argosy University in San Francisco.

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In addition, Gallagher has experience in DBT, Gottman Couples, is a trained first-responder for local communities and is certified in Relapse Prevention Therapy.

Committed to providing compassionate understanding to her patients, Gallagher’s passion is a result of growing up in a family that experienced both addiction and mental health issues. She has experience as a program manager and has been the lead counselor in a number of outpatient, diversion and parent education programs, including The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage. Over the course of her career, Gallagher has also worked with the criminal justice system in both county-funded and school-based systems and served as a program analyst and equal employment opportunity counselor for the federal government.

Having moved all over the country, Gallagher is passionate about living in San Diego. When she’s not busy working, she can be found taking daily walks at the beach, enjoying yoga and singing in a local choir. She and her husband enjoy theater, traveling and visiting with their two grown children, grandchildren, granddog and grandcat.

Mari Barosay

RN

BarosayDetroit native Mari Barosay joined the Foundations San Diego team in July 2015. Her family moved to Southern California from Michigan when she was nine, and marriage later took her to Las Vegas, which is how Barosay ended up studying at University Nevada at Las Vegas. She enjoys hospitals, having worked in hospice, detox and psych ER. When her husband’s work brought them to San Diego, Barosay was hired at Foundations San Diego, where she teaches weekly classes on health and medical topics. When not working, this mother of five grown children likes to watch MSNBC, listen to national politics, shop and decorate. She also enjoys spending time with her grandson and two dogs.

Danielle Lacey

Business Development Representative

LaceyA native of San Diego, California, Danielle Lacey serves as Foundations San Diego’s business development representative. She has worked in the treatment industry for several years and brings extensive knowledge and experience to her position. A graduate of San Diego State University, Lacey has personally been in the recovery community for almost a decade and fully understands the effects of addiction.

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Using her own life experience and treatment industry connections, she is passionate about providing the best care possible to those who are suffering. When she’s not busy working, Lacey spends her free time with her husband and son, walking around the city’s famous zoo and hiking the hills of Torrey Pines.

Micaela Gonzalez, LMFT

Primary Therapist

Originally from San Jose, California, Micaela Gonzalez serves as a primary therapist for Foundations San Diego. She has been with the outpatient center since January 2018. Gonzalez earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology at the University of Redlands, and a Master of Arts in marital and family therapy at the University of San Diego. Previously, she was a mental health therapist at Maria Sardinas Wellness Recovery Center, working with young adults with acutely severe mental illnesses.

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Gonzalez also has experience working as a mental health therapist for patients with co-occurring disorders and has administered couples, family and group therapy. It was while working as a mental health therapist that Gonzalez discovered a passion for those dealing with addiction. “I loved the authenticity and camaraderie with this population,” she says, adding, “I am inspired by the resilience of every client that comes to treatment to find recovery.” When she isn’t working, she enjoys rock climbing in Joshua Tree, exploring San Diego and experimenting with new cuisine.