Nicky Spadafino – Founder/CEO

Nicky Spadafino has dedicated nearly 30 years to helping addicts and alcoholics find recovery. He has created programs in Orange County, CA and Palm Desert, CA that have helped many find the structure, life skills and accountability needed to maintain sustainable recovery.

Nicky’s no-nonsense approach is extremely effective for the client motivated for recovery. “If you are willing to go to any lengths for drugs and alcohol, you need to go to any lengths for your recovery; your recovery MUST come first.” Nicky, knows recovery takes work, and some are not ready to do that work, but for those that are Palm Desert Recovery Center will go the distance in supporting them in their care, working through their fear, pushing through their blocks, reframing sabotaging beliefs and building the life they were meant to live.

Donna King – Program Director

Donna has been part of the Palm Desert Recovery Center team since our opening. She first worked with us as a consultant and in September 2016 she accepted the position of Program Director. Donna’s work history provides us with a rich background in business management, organizational development, and substance abuse counseling. 

Her first career was with a major telecommunications firm where she held significant management responsibility in business management, human resources, quality process management and business controls. Also, she was president of D.M. King and Associates, a business management consulting firm, after retiring from the telecommunications field. 

Donna entered the field of substance abuse 8 years ago. She has run treatment programs both in Laguna Beach and Palm Springs. Donna has a personal understanding of the disease of substance abuse. She draws on that understanding and her educational background in substance abuse to assist others on their road to recovery.


Dr. Bondon Olesnicky, M.D. – Medical Director

Dr. Olesnicky is a Board Certified Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine Physician. He attended St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed his residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center as well as Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Olesnicky has dedicated his life to the treatment of chronic diseases and ailments with great proficiency and compassion for those in his care.




Dr. Ryan Wright – Psychiatrist Consultant

Dr. Wright is a Board Certified Psychiatrist currently practicing in Newport Beach, CA.  He provides general psychiatric services for adult patients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, thought disorders and eating disorders.

For every new patient, Dr. Wright provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment and offers subsequent mental health treatment, including medication management and individual psychotherapy.


Jeff Brosnan – Counselor

Jeff Brosnan is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in private practice in Palm Springs, CA. Jeff is the Therapist for Palm Desert Recovery Center. Jeff specializes working with individuals, couples and families who are dealing with addiction issues.





Dean Apple – Hypnotherapist

Dean was introduced to hypnosis at the tender age of 8 years old when he rented a book from the local library on hypnosis. Within a few short days he was hypnotizing his little brother and all the neighborhood kids. Today he is a licensed and certified clinical hypnotherapist with The International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy.

By accessing the subconscious mind where real, permanent change takes root, hypnosis addresses various symptoms, such as smoking cessation, stress management, sleep disorder, and weight loss to name a few. When used in conjunction with a 12-Step Program, it can be a powerful tool eliminating hidden blocks, thus leaving the client with a better understanding of their inherent situation and much more adequately prepared for the path of recovery ahead.

Joe Boss – Intake Coordinator/Counselor

Joe Boss is a certified addiction counselor II, (CADC ll) and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC), registered with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Joe attended California Coast University and College of the Desert and has actively worked as an addiction professional in the field for the previous nine years at the Betty Ford Center and ABC Recovery Center. Joe is also dedicated to his own recovery from addiction and has been for over 16 years now.

Joe is an experienced Chemical Dependency Counselor with a demonstrated history of working in the health, wellness and fitness industry. Skilled in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Group Therapy, Psychology, and Crisis Intervention. Joe is a strong healthcare services professional with a deep passion for helping individuals and families heal from the devastating effects of addiction.


Mackenzie Buchanan

Mackenzie Buchanan – Tech

Mackenzie has always had a desire to people better themselves. She began pursuing her dream right out of high school when she enrolled in a university in her home state of Washington to study Psychology. Shortly before going off to college to study psychology she quickly fell deep into addiction. In less than a year she had dropped out of school, lost her job, become homeless, and lost contact with her family.

In December of 2016, Mackenzie came to California for treatment and then transitioned to Palm Desert Sober Living where she flourished by thoroughly working the 12-steps with a sponsor, working at Palm Desert Recovery Center, and returning to school to get her Drug and Alcohol Counselor Certificate. Mackenzie wants to help suffering addicts find the same kind of recovery she has.

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