Meet the Team
At Banyan, we stand as a leader in providing growth through recovery by having only the most qualified team behind the mission. Our highly experienced staff know exactly how to treat each and every client because several key members of the Banyan clinical team have gone through their own personal trials of addiction and recovery. The Banyan tree not only stands as a symbol for us, but it is a philosophy. You are able to grow through your recovery process with a strong community set in place from our team here at all of our nationwide facilities.
Banyan Palm Springs Team
Paul was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from Bryant College in Smithfield, RI with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance. Paul moved to Southern California in 1990 and spent the early part of his career as CFO of an acquisition-based magazine publishing group. He began his own recovery in 2009, with a 60-day treatment stay, which not only changed the trajectory of his life, but also of his career. He was hired as Business Manager of a dual-diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program in Palm Springs, CA and later became the program’s director. Prior to working at Banyan Palm Springs, Paul was Director of Operations of a 120-bed residential treatment facility. In combining Paul’s passion for business and recovery, he is committed to providing his patients with the same opportunity he was given, as a result of having had access to a clinically proven, well-managed treatment program, to find, and live, a purpose-driven life.
Elizabeth Ross, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Ross is the Clinical Director at Banyan Palm Springs. She is a licensed clinical psychologist. Elizabeth has been working in the field of addiction and mental health since 2004. The journey that lead her to become a psychologist includes the desire to help support those suffering with dual diagnosis. Working as a psychologist has never been a job, it is her life passion. The best part of her position as a clinical director is supporting an environment where patients can get the best care possible with a team of compassionate staff all with the same goal to provide patients the families an opportunity for life changing growth.
Elizabeth completed her BA in psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She then attended the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, where she obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her doctoral dissertation focused on exploring self and the perceived stigma of individuals in treatment for substance related disorders. Elizabeth has research interest in perceived social stigma in relation to treatment-seeking behavior. Elizabeth brings this knowledge and experience to patients and families through empathy and nonjudgmental compassionate care.
Keerthy Sunder, MD
Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished Physician with extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, administrator, teacher, and lecturer. He is also author of the Amazon International Best Seller book “Face your Addictions and Save your Life” and the creator of an online meditation program for health and wellness (www.tunemybrain.com) and for PTSD among returning war Veterans (www.beatptsd.com).
Dr. Sunder holds Diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is also a Diplomate of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London, England and certified as a Credentialed Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society. He served his Ob/Gyn residency at James Cook University Hospital in England. He served his Psychiatry residency at the University of Bristol, England as well as Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Member of the Credentialing Committee for the American Board of Addiction Medicine and a Life Member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. He is currently on Clinical Faculty with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Riverside School of Medicine and an Adjunct
Born in Endicott, I grew up in a small town in upstate New York known mostly as being the birth place of IBM in 1935. Growing up in a small town showed me the importance of family and a strong work ethic...attributes I’ve carried with me throughout my life.
My education included a BS in Marketing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Following a successful corporate career in financial services marketing, I turned my focus to health care, with the desire to help others, working in patient relations and project management at Desert Regional Medical Center. From there I became the Operations Director for Desert Palms Recovery, the predecessor of Banyan Palm Springs. With gratitude for 28 years of sobriety, I want to give back by helping others recovering from addiction and trauma.
In my role as Operations Director my goal is to ensure a safe environment for patients and staff, healthy food and nutrition programs, clean and operational facilities, and most importantly a team of Behavioral Health Techs that focus on the patients by helping them to realize the gifts recovery can bring.
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