About Us

Personalized drug addiction treatment for every client.

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Our Mission

At Sprout Health Group, we believe in evidence-based, comprehensive treatment programs that lead to lifelong recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. With experienced clinicians, counselors and medial staff, we can provide highly personalized treatment based on each client’s unique needs, a distinction from other rehab services that we are proud to maintain across every Sprout Health Group treatment center. Our passion for helping clients rebuild their lives, coupled with an equal passion for ongoing research into the most effective drug addiction treatment methods, allows us fulfill our mission of helping clients find long-term, sustainable sobriety.

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Who We Are

Sprout Health Group is led by some of the nation’s leading medical and experts in the field of drug and alcohol addiction treatment. We are passionate about what we do, and we’re proud of our long record of success in helping people who suffer from addiction to find lifelong recovery and new freedom from substance abuse. Our clinicians and behavioral professionals utilize the most advanced therapeutic treatment methods and effective experiential modalities to treat both addiction and co-occurring disorders. Our facilities are licensed by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing, and accredited by the Joint Commission.


Our Team

Arel Meister – Aldama

Founder and CEO

Arel Meister – Aldama is the Founder and CEO of Sprout Health Group. Prior to Sprout, Arel worked as a healthcare investor at Summit Partners, a Boston based private equity firm. Arel also worked on the M&A team at Credit Suisse and at The Lakeside Group, a New York based venture capital firm.

Rick Larsen

Chief Financial Officer

Rick Larsen is the Chief Financial Officer of Sprout Health Group. Rick brings over 25 years of executive healthcare finance experience to the company. Prior to Sprout, Rick was the CFO of Dynamic Physical Therapy and The PromptCare Companies.

Megan Stoia

Chief Operating Officer

Megan Stoia is the Chief Operating Officer of Sprout Health Group. Previously, Megan held various positions within the company including Vice President of Operations. Megan has over 15 years working in healthcare in a variety of operational and management roles.

Suzanne Conte, LCADC, CCS

Vice President of Clinical Services

Suzanne Conte, LCADC, CCS, is the Vice President of Clinical Services at Sprout Health Group. Sue brings over 25 years experience in the substance abuse treatment field. Previously, she held a variety of clinical and management roles at Serenity at Summit, Habit Opco, High Focus, and Enlightened Solutions.

Dr. Ian Johnson, MD

West Coast Medical Director

Dr. Ian Johnson, MD, is the West Coast Medical Director for Sprout Health Group. He is board certified in Family Practice with secondary interests in Addiction Medicine and Obesity Medicine. Dr Johnson has served as an active duty flight surgeon in the US Air Force and he is retired from the Army Reserves in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Dr. Francis Rienzo, MD

East Coast Medical Director

Dr. Francis Rienzo, MD, is the East Coast Medical Director for Sprout Health Group. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Rienzo is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Andrew Mendonsa, PsyD, MBA

Executive Team Member

Dr. Andrew Mendonsa, PsyD, MBA, serves as an Executive Team Member with Cedar Point Recovery and Sprout Health Group. Andrew is a licensed California psychologist specializing in clinical and forensic psychology.

Warren Handelman

Senior Adviser

Warren Handelman is a senior adviser and leads the managed care contracting efforts at Sprout Health Group. Prior to Sprout, Warren served as the Executive Vice President, Director of Managed Care at Sunspire Health, a nationwide network of addiction treatment facilities. Mr. Handelman also spent 25 years with MultiPlan in a variety of senior leadership capacities including Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer.