Our Team

Resolve Recovery staff includes some of the most dedicated, experienced, highly trained professionals in the field – psychiatrists, certified substance abuse counselors, mental health clinicians, and others. We are on the leading edge of treatment, continuously incorporating the latest research and clinically tested, evidence-based treatment models, to meet the needs of our clients and communities.

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Heather Kurera, D.O.
Psychiatrist, Medical Director

Dr. Heather Kurera is a board-certified psychiatrist who has worked with Prototypes since 2013. She became the Medical Director in 2014. Dr. Kurera’s career has provided her the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including community mental health and residential dual-diagnosis.

She began her medical career in 2003 as an active-duty officer and physician with the United States Navy. She then became a general medical officer at Camp Pendleton and deployed with her Marine Corps unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning from Iraq, Dr. Kurera completed her residency training in psychiatry at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and transitioned to staff psychiatrist. She worked on the inpatient psychiatric unit and was later appointed to lead the hospital’s Psychiatric Medical Transition Unit, which provided care and support for active-duty members suffering from severe and persistent mental illnesses. She was also appointed assistant clinical professor of psychiatry for the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, where she trained new residents and interns. After serving nine years of active-duty service, Dr. Kurera left the Navy with the rank of lieutenant commander. 

Dr. Kurera holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in chemistry from Texas Woman’s University. She received her medical education from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Forth Worth, Texas. 

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Mary Lou Perelmutter, Psy.D., LMFT, LPCC
Director

Mary Lou Perelmutter, Psy.D., LMFT, LPCC, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with extensive specialized training and experience in working with adolescents, young adults, adults and their families on all levels of the continuum of care. Dr. Perelmutter has managed the clinical operations of a residential young adult dual diagnosis treatment center. As the Clinical Director, Dr. Perelmutter was responsible for directing and managing client treatment and integration planning from the initial assessment through discharge. Dr. Perelmutter also spent over a decade as the Manager of Behavioral Health Services at Northridge Hospital. During her tenure at Northridge Hospital, Dr. Perelmutter oversaw the crisis team, IOP, PHP and a 40-bed inpatient mental health unit.

Dr. Perelmutter is a member of CAMFT and has sat on the Board of Directors for The Village Family Services and The Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley. She is a certified mediator and has extensive outreach experience working on issues of domestic violence, head-start programs and adolescent drug and alcohol addiction. Dr. Perelmutter has been trained in CBT, DBT, trauma-focused and family systems therapies. Originally from New York, Dr. Perelmutter received her B.A degree from Finch College. She earned her Master of Art’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Phillips Graduate Institute and her Psy.D. in Psychology at California Graduate Institute, now known as the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. A mother of 4, Dr. Perelmutter has lived in Southern California since the 1970’s and, when not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family.

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April Wilson, MSW, CATC
Vice President, Integration

April Wilson has worked in the field of behavioral health since 1991 and has extensive experience developing programs specifically designed for women. Ms. Wilson oversees Resolve Recovery’s integrated program design while also overseeing projects targeted at vital future state initiatives. Ms. Wilson received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pitzer College and her master’s degree in social work from California State University, San Bernardino.

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Nial Stimson, CAS
Vice President, Community Outreach

As a former clinical case manager and counselor, Nial Stimson has extensive experience working with individuals overcoming substance use disorders. In his role, he ensures families and individuals throughout Southern California have access to Resolve Recovery’s affordable services. Mr. Stimson also develops strategic partnerships within the behavioral health field to provide the best network of care to individual in need of addiction and mental health treatment. He has served in similar roles for the past 15 years at Clearview Treatment, Inc., Hythiam, Inc., Mission Community Hospital and Daniel Freeman Hospital. Mr. Stimson received his Addiction Specialist Certification (CAS) from Mission College.