Our stories vary, but our common goal is the development of a meaningful life of recovery for our clients, their families, and ourselves.


Steffanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Vermont and a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University.  Steffanie has worked with adolescents and adults in a university mental health facility, outpatient substance abuse clinics, and a residential substance abuse facility. As a Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and member of the American Counseling Association, she is dedicated to delivering premier care to her clients.

Her passion is helping those who battle with different emotional difficulties and many of life’s daily struggles. She has counseled clients through the experiences of grief and loss, family and marital discord, stress, anger, depression, mood disorders, trauma, and anxiety. Her approach has been to work together with her clients to develop treatment plans that improve healing, self-efficacy, motivation, and success while learning how substance abuse has become a self-destructive coping strategy.


Barry McNinch, M.S.

Staff Therapist

As a child, Barry always had the drive to help others, which led to his desire to focus on mental healthcare. While growing up in rural Eastern North Carolina, he had the opportunity to shadow under different mental healthcare professionals at all care levels. During this experience, he witnessed a disconnect between clients and access to the appropriate clinical services. Identifying these underserved populations, he also observed how they navigated obstacles created from the societal stigmas towards identifying the need for mental health services. From that moment, he gained a passion for working with others in a variety of clinical and advocacy capacities.

Throughout Barry’s education and professional career, he has had experience with program development, program operations, and clinical-outreach. He has also had the opportunity to collaborate on a startup team that developed Intensive Outpatient Programs and Partial Hospitalization Programs. Clinically, he has had the opportunity to serve individuals of the LGBTQIA, substance use disorder, and eating disorder communities in the Washington DC metro area.


George holds a post graduate degree in Counselor Education, specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling, and a graduate degree in Community Counseling.  He has worked in academia at his alma mater, and in addition has worked in a variety of for-profit and non-profit counseling environments.

Working with clients and families stricken by the disease of addiction has been of particular interest to George.  He has sought out treatment organizations which are focused not merely on the treatment of alcoholism and addiction, but whose programs concentrate on utilizing alternative lenses of therapeutic modality.


Zahra is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with degrees from both the University of New Hampshire and Marymount University.  She has been described by her patients as "caring", "kind", "devoted", "warm", and "gracious".

Zahra joins New Paradigm Recovery with over ten years of professional medical experience working with patients in a variety of treatment environments.  While certified in a variety of medically assisted treatment regimen, she is also an advanced practitioner of holistic treatment approaches.


Tom Walker

Co-Founder and Program Consultant

Tom Walker brings more than two decades of behavioral healthcare management expertise and personal recovery experience to New Paradigm Recovery. Tom's experience providing direct counseling care, representing programs as an outreach professional, and co-founding a successful Washington DC area intensive outpatient practice inform his expansive knowledge of behavioral healthcare theory, practice, and operation.

Tom’s recovery career includes roles as a business consultant, staunch ally and advocate for individuals and families, and a board member for recovery-supportive nonprofit and community organizations. His belief in the importance of recovery-oriented systems of care and family-informed treatment were immediately appealing to the other founders of New Paradigm Recovery, where he can fulfill his calling by advancing its recovery-informed care model.

Tom’s recreational therapies include all forms of motorsport, hiking, snowboarding, and reveling in the outdoors. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Leigh, son Colton, and dog Whipple.



Senior Staff Clinician

Dr. Sample is a gifted and insightful psychotherapist who has distinguished herself in her career by focusing her practice on healing individuals who have undergone severe and debilitating trauma and loss.

Cindy joins New Paradigm Recovery with 25 years of helping heal the hearts and minds of troubled men, women, and children in the both the United States and abroad. An accomplished and well respected psychotherapist, she has served the Washington DC area through her private practice and and now at the IOP level of care.

Dr. Sample believes in individualizing the care of each patient to the specific needs that would best serve the person. She strongly believes that no one way is the right way for all. As a result, she is a well-respected member of the clinical society in this area providing
Psychotherapeutic Psychotherapy Counseling for individuals, groups and families.


Joshua Cagney, M.A.

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Joshua holds a graduate degree in Psychology, completed CACREP post-graduate work in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership.  Joshua in a veteran of the United States Army, and began clinical work with adolescents and their families, but has maintained a focus primarily working with men and women struggling with addiction.  He speaks publicly on issues ranging from the collateral consequences of criminal sentencing to the nature of addiction in families and communities.

He serves as a guest speaker for MADD Virginia and Washington, D.C., Loudoun Community Corrections, and is a past member of the Boards of Directors for Dandelion Meadow and for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Northern Virginia.


Joey Zabel, M.S.

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Joey holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Development and has been active in long term recovery.  He worked in business and collegiate instruction for a number of years before taking an active role in AUD/SUD advocacy and the education of adolescents about the perils of addiction.

Joey is currently a member of the board of directors for Arise and Flourish, a non-profit focused on substance use education in public schools throughout the Maryland suburbs, and serves on the Ashley Addiction Treatment Center Leadership Board.


Samar Tehrani is an addictionologist who has dedicated her career to helping those suffering from the disease of Substance and Alcohol Use Disorder (SUD/AUD). In her 20 years of experience in the field of human services, she has taught, counseled, and advocated in the area of mental health related to SUD.

Samar’s career extends from victim advocacy, working in the juvenile justice system, teaching and counseling, and program development. Her work has provided her with the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life, a journey she feels has been her blessing.

Samar strongly believes that "eradication of addiction is not legalization, treatment, or adjudication... eradication of addiction is prevention through awareness by means of education."

Her motto: "'Education = awareness'



Chief Clinical Officer

Eli is often referred to as the best therapist at New Paradigm Recovery.  Adopted from Bandit's Adoption and Rescue of K-9s (BARK) in 2011, Eli has graced the lives of hundreds of souls in early recovery through his demonstration of gratitude, love, and compassion.

He is often found napping in the offices throughout the day and evening, and joining group spontaneously to work around the room checking in with each client to ensure that everyone feels safe (and to see if they have any cookies).


Keven Kvasnicka

Chief Administrative Officer

Keven's career has considerable depth in operations at MAXIMUS, Inc. in the information technology sector.  Before long, he established himself in executive management roles focusing on organizational infrastructure.

Keven has worked peripherally with men in recovery for nearly 20 years, and has a keen understanding of the issues families face when affected by alcoholism and drug addiction.  Keven lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and children.


Dave Mastran

Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board

Dave is the founding partner of a capital management group in Great Falls, Virginia, and a native of Northern Virginia.  Dave developed a passion for financial markets at an early age, and began the establishment of a respectable record of success from 1997 through the present.

Additionally, Dave has led a life in recovery for nearly 20 years, and has played an active role in the recovery of countless men over that time.  At home Dave spends time with his wife and children, coaching and playing soccer.

Teamwork and team spirit - Hands piled on top of one another.

Our Mission

To maximize our clients' recovery from addiction without compromising health, happiness, or potential for success. New Paradigm Recovery provides individualized, sustainable therapeutic programs of recovery which enable our clients to overcome the issues which have negatively affected their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and the community around them – empowering each individual to grow through their experiences, rather than despite their challenges.

Our Values








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What's next?

Now that you've gotten to know a little about who we are, let's forge ahead and discuss the core services that New Paradigm Recovery offers.