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Meet Our Team

Laurel Ridge Treatment Center’s mental health specialists represent a wide variety of clinical, educational, and medical professions, including psychiatrists, psychologists, registered nurses, master’s-level teachers, special education teachers, physician assistants, master’s-level therapists and other college-educated clinicians and support staff.

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Dr. Jacob Cuellar

Chief Executive Officer

Laurel Ridge has been in operation for over 30 years and during his time there, Dr. Cuellar has taken the facility to new heights. Laurel Ridge is routinely recognized as a national leader in the provision of mental health services. Under the leadership of Dr. Cuellar, Laurel Ridge has developed specialty programs for adult acute care, detoxification and rehabilitation, child & adolescent acute care and residential programs, and serves as the largest civilian provider for the treatment of military related PTSD in the country. His aspiration was to “do his part” as a civilian. He made a leadership commitment to support the highest quality treatment program for Active Duty Service Members; thus, the Mission Resiliency Program was born. During his tenure, the hospital has been a Joint Commission Top Performer and a two time recipient of the coveted UHS Behavioral Division Service Excellence Award for its achievement of industry high patient outcomes. Dr. Cuellar attributes this success to the unwavering commitment to positively impact the lives of the patients we are privileged to serve.

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Kathy Rosetta

Chief Nursing Officer
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Dr. Benigno Fernandez

Medical Director
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Chris Barela

Chief Financial Officer