Our Team

Don Myers, MSW, MBA
Director of Operations
Center for Behavioral Health
Don Myers joined Palomar’s Center for Behavioral Health in August of 2017. Prior to joining Palomar Health, he held a variety of leadership positions of multiple departments in hospital operations in Colorado and California. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in all facets of behavioral health operations. Don received a Master of Social Work in 1990 and his Master of Business Administration in 2004. He is a strong advocate for Wellness & Recovery and Stigma Reduction in support of improvement in quality of life. Don is actively involved in local and state activities to increase awareness and promote health in the community.    

 

Sharon Pudlo, RN, BSN, JD
Program Manager
Sharon Pudlo supervises the nursing staff for the Behavioral Health Unit and Crisis Stabilization Unit at Palomar Medical Center, Downtown Escondido, and the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit located at Palomar Medical Center Poway. Sharon has over 25 years of experience in behavioral health nursing, and has held leadership positions in both inpatient and outpatient setting.

 

Michelle Hemmings, PsyD
Manager of Intensive Outpatient Program
Director of Psychology Clinical Training Program
Dr. Hemmings has operational and clinical responsibility for the Intensive Outpatient Program located in San Marcos. She also supervises the predoctoral psychology interns and postdoctoral psychology fellows on the inpatient units and outpatient behavioral health programs. She has more than 20 years of experience working with mentally ill children, adults and older adults in the public, private and forensic settings. She has more than 10 years of experience as a Clinical Supervisor and leader in the mental health field. Her areas of interest include evidence-based and trauma-informed practices as well as psychological assessment.

 

Stephanie Sambrano, LMFT
Program Supervisor of Behavioral Health
Stephanie has operational and clinical responsibility for the patient programming for the Behavioral Health unit located at Palomar Medical Center, Downtown Escondido and the Gero-Psychiatric unit at Palomar Medical Center Poway and Behavioral Health Social Work services and interns. She also supervises the Behavioral Health Liaisons in the Emergency Departments at Palomar Medical Center Escondido and Poway. Stephanie has more than 14 years of experience working with the mentally ill population. She has held leadership positions in both public and private sectors, including both inpatient and outpatient settings.


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