Our stories vary, but our common goal is the development of a meaningful life of recovery for our clients, their families, and ourselves.
Samar Tehrani, M.Ed., CATIV, CSAC
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'
Steffanie Kelshaw, LPC, CSAC
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.
George Harrington, Ph.D., LPC
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 HUSSAIN, FMNP-BC, PMH-NP
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.
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.
Barry McNinch, M.S.
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.
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 member of the Board of Directors of Dandelion Meadow and past Board Member for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) Northern Virginia.
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.
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.
Ben has worked in the insurance industry for most of his career, dealing with executive corporate benefits, prior to working to establish New Paradigm Recovery. He has worked with addicts and alcoholics in numerous capacities throughout his long term recovery, and plays a key role in the organization in helping clients navigate the nuance of healthcare costs and benefits.
In the nearly 20 years of recovery that Ben has enjoyed, he has learned to celebrate the lives of his children above all else.
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.
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.