The Canyon at Santa Monica Staff

Carly Bachrach

Director of Operations

The Canyon Santa Monica and The Canyon Encino

BachrachBorn and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Carly Bachrach joined the Canyon at Encino team as business office manager in 2016, later becoming the director of operations in November 2017. Leading with compassion and empathy, she pursued the mental health field after realizing her passion for helping others along their recovery journey. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Colorado State University and a master’s in psychology from Phillips Graduate University. She is also a credentialed school counselor.

Over the course of her career, Bachrach has gained experience serving as residential manager, administrative coordinator and residential supervisor at various facilities, including The Canyon at Santa Monica and The Canyon at Encino. Working with patients both on a business and clinical level, she considers it a joy to celebrate their progress and witness their hard work. When she’s not working, Bachrach enjoys racquetball, concerts, the beach, a good book and spending time with friends and family.

Lynn Marie Saso, MA, LMFT, ATR

Clinical Director

The Canyon at Santa Monica and The Canyon at Encino

Lynn Marie SasoLynn Marie Saso received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in fine arts at Chapman University and her master’s in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy, specializing in art therapy, at Phillips Graduate Institute. She began her work in the field of psychology by utilizing art therapy, working with children, families and adolescents in a hospital setting, and then moving on to community mental health, working with adults who were chronically mentally ill. From working with adolescents, mental health patients and intricate family systems, she found that co-occurring disorders were a common thread. Through this, Lynn Marie developed a passion to support and help patients express their emotions, needs, concerns and milestones throughout the life cycle with expressive art therapy. She is excited to bring her knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), art therapy and many other therapeutic modalities to her work with patients, supporting their recovery and helping them find their voices.

Anna Aslanian, MS, LMFT

Primary Therapist

The Canyon at Santa Monica

Anna AslanianAnna Aslanian obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an additional professional emphasis in Body Image Concerns/Eating Disorders from University of La Verne, following a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She has worked with a variety of clients including children, college students, couples and families struggling with relationship problems, and individuals with acute psychiatric disorders.

Anna specializes in working with couples (focusing on problems such as infidelity and recovering after an affair, intimacy problems, separation and divorce, improving communication, codependency, parenting, addictions affecting relationships); individuals going through difficult life phases; grief and loss; individuals who have experienced trauma in their past, and feel depressed or anxious.

Her therapeutic approach is geared towards meeting the unique needs of her clients while empowering them to transform their lives and improve their relationships. She uses a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities. Additionally, Anna is licensed in the states of FL and NY, and speaks Armenian and Russian for clients who have those language needs.

Mia Perry Bowick, MA, MFTI

Primary Therapist

The Canyon at Santa Monica

Mia Perry Bowick is a registered drama therapist, a marriage and family therapist intern and a professional clinical counselor intern. She holds a master’s degree in applied theatre arts from the University of Southern California as well as a master’s in counseling psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Bowick has worked in the field of addiction and co-occurring disorders since 2009 in the Los Angeles and New York areas, in addition to having the pleasure of working overseas in Rwanda doing trauma work as a drama therapist. As a depth-oriented drama therapist, Bowick helps her patients understand underlying patterns that may be keeping them from living their fullest lives, often incorporating the wisdom of our bodies as well as a good dose of humor from time to time.

Amanda DiGiulio, MA, LMFT

Primary Therapist

The Canyon at Santa Monica

Amanda DiGiulioDiGiulio brings a long-standing career as a film producer and a depth-oriented approach to her clinical work as a therapist. She began her journey by retelling human interest dramas that explored lives marginalized through criminal negligence, sexual abuse and addiction. Through this work, she discovered a growing need to see through wounds toward a deeper understanding of what motivates the human spirit. She earned her master’s degree in clinical counseling and depth psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute and is working as a licensed marriage and family therapist at The Canyon at Santa Monica. In addition to her role as a primary therapist there, she supervises and facilitates the weekend family program. Digiulio recently completed “Dream Tending” certification with Dr. Stephen Aizenstat, deepening her narrative practice and analytical orientation to psychotherapy.

Josh L. Mirmelli, PsyD

Primary Therapist

The Canyon at Santa Monica

MirmelliJosh L. Mirmelli has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is trained in substance abuse, trauma and personality disorder treatment. He completed his internship in a maximum-security forensic hospital where he focused on the assessment and treatment of chronic and severe mental illness. Dr. Mirmelli works primarily from a cognitive-behavioral therapy framework while also incorporating components of dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and mindfulness skills into his sessions. Dr. Mirmelli specializes in treating substance use disorders, mood disorders, LGBTQ concerns, disordered eating and personality disorders. He takes particular pride in being able to help those in recovery create meaningful lives filled with purpose and joy and is honored to be a member of The Canyon at Santa Monica’s clinical team.

Maggie Barber

Patient Care Coordinator

The Canyon at Santa Monica

Maggie Barber is currently a candidate for a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She began working in the field of recovery in 2010 as a staff supervisor for multiple recovery homes in the Los Angeles area. Her favorite part of the recovery process is taking an active part in clients’ recovery as they overcome challenges and meet their goals. As patient care coordinator at the The Canyon of Santa Monica, she helps clients build resumes, create in-depth aftercare plans and advocates for their care with insurance companies. Barber spends most her free time exploring the outdoors and caring for her two dogs, Molly and Mushu.

Bonn Demetrio Miso Hidalgo III

Intake Coordinator

The Canyon at Santa Monica

Bonn DemetrioBonn Demetrio Miso Hidalgo III joined The Canyon at Santa Monica in 2017 as the patient care coordinator and was promoted to the position of intake coordinator in October of 2018. Passionate about supporting others on the path to recovery, he is responsible for taking care of the logistical and administrative sides of the process, ensuring a pleasant experience for each patient. Hidalgo earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of California at Riverside. With a strong background in customer service, Hidalgo is inspired by the strength of patients he encounters and enjoys conversing with them daily. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, archery, exercising and watching movies.

Joel Morris

Consulting Psychiatrist

The Canyon at Santa Monica and The Canyon at Encino

Dr. Joel MorrisThough he hails from New England, Dr. Joel Morris completed his schooling in the Midwest, which included extended training in geriatrics and forensic psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Morris studied acupuncture in New Zealand and China, which he continues to practice. His work with a diverse group of cultures has deepened his understanding and empathy for others. Throughout his psychiatric career, he has worked with people struggling with addiction within inpatient, residential and outpatient settings. In addition to psychopharmacologically, he supports the individual to co-create his/her own life with a strength focus. He believes that to create a ground where addiction no longer has deep roots, one needs to bring in elements of creativity, transcendence and the possibility of rewriting one’s own narrative. The Chinese symbol for crisis is the same for opportunity. In the same way, each addiction crisis brings about the possibility to deepen and change one’s life in a more meaningful and self -directed way. Additionally, Dr. Morris believes that it is the responsibility of the practitioner to be a model and vehicle for change, meeting the client in dialogue, compassion and patience.

Deborah Rosenberg

Office Manager

The Canyon at Santa Monica

Deborah RosenbergDeborah Rosenberg attended California State University, Bakersfield, and began her career as a consultant in the health insurance industry 25 years ago. While working as the vice president of a financial services organization, Deborah saw the need to teach clients how to navigate through the insurance company systems. She then created a specialty in health insurance advocacy and became one of the first brokers in the state of California given permission to use this designation.

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After eight years as an executive in the insurance industry, Deborah began her own business, Pathway Insurance Services. Pathway incorporated her knowledge of working with organizations and designing employee benefit programs. It was exceptionally rewarding to present insurance products to employees and to educate those less familiar with insurance on how to effectively use their benefits and advocate for themselves.In addition to her business attributes, Deborah is a Reiki III practitioner. She is dedicated to providing a safe place for those on the path of growth, awareness and healing.It is a gift to witness our clinical team at work. We demonstrate the reality that “our patients are not only in our care… it is that we care.”