A transplant from Minnesota, Annie Stafford has worked in the mental health/substance use field since 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with a Sociology Major and Spanish Minor from the University of Wisconsin Superior. She then earned her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University in Eagan, MN.
She has extensive experience in facilitating individual, family, and group sessions in IOP/OP settings with diverse populations and ages in nonprofit, corporate, and educational institutions. She has started and built 3 different IOP/OP Co-Occurring programs throughout her career as she worked as a LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) and supervisor before she moved into a Program Manager role where she oversaw 8 clinics, 35 staff, and 5 supervisors.
She moved to San Francisco in June of 2022 with her son and 2 dogs; Polar and Panda. She thoroughly enjoys all that the Bay Area has to offer with the beautiful sights and weather! She started in the role of executive director at Foundations in December of 2022 and is excited to work with such an amazing team and population. She favors DBT (dialectal behavioral therapy), narrative, systemic, and motivational interviewing therapeutic models. She is working on her hours as an AMFT in addition to being in the director role.
In her time outside of work she enjoys diamond art, hiking/walking, exploring new places, and trying all the tasty foods.
Dr. Heather Kurera
Dr. Heather Kurera joined Foundations San Francisco in 2023 and is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kurera’s career has provided her the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including community mental health, private practice, residential dual-diagnosis rehabilitation centers and corrections programs.
She began her medical career as an active-duty officer and physician with the United States Navy in 2003. 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 in 2009. As a staff psychiatrist at Naval Medical Center San Diego was appointed assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry for the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and given the distinction of Master Clinician. After serving nine years of active-duty service, Dr. Kurera left the Navy at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Dr. Kurera then went on to work in community psychiatry. She was the Medical Director for a non-profit agency in Los Angeles County that provided outpatient and residential dual-diagnosis services.
Dr. Kurera now works in private practice and continues to partner with non-profits and rehabilitation facilities to provide the best care to as many people as possible.
Dr. Kurera is excited about the breakthroughs on the horizon for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, such as medically assisted treatment for addictions, transcranial magnetic stimulation and psychedelic assisted therapies that can bring hope and healing to many people. She enjoys partnering with clients to find what will work best for them in their journey to recovery. Dr. Kurera enjoys finding innovative solutions to complex problems.
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.
2009 – Residency, Psychiatry, Naval Medical Center of San Diego
2003 – D.O., Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Director of Business Development
Originally from Ohio, Adam has been a Bay Area native for over 20 years. He graduated from Bluffton University with a BA in Business Administration and a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies. In 2002, he moved to Marin to attend San Francisco Theological Seminary and obtained a MA in Theological Studies. Along with doing business development at Foundations San Francisco, he leads the alumni program. Adam has a passion for helping people and seeing them succeed. When not working, he enjoys running the trails in Marin, traveling, and gardening.
Dana Brawerman, RADT
Dana Brawerman is the intake coordinator for Foundations San Francisco. In college, Dana became heavily involved with community outreach while working in the Student Life and Leadership office. There, she gained a lot of experience working with local organizations who provided support and resources for those suffering from a myriad of socioeconomic barriers including addiction, homelessness, abuse, and unemployment. A former Paramedic, Dana realized behavioral health was her passion while working in the field. Dana’s first official role working in the behavioral field was with children and adolescents with developmental delays. She provided one-on-one behavioral analysis and intervention, facilitated peer socialization groups and outings, and trained/onboarded behavior interventionists. Dana then moved on to the role of resident advocate at a transitional housing facility that specialized in crisis intervention and advocacy for those experiencing acute and chronic homelessness. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Dana thrives on connecting with others and creating a safe space for those around her. She is honored to be a part of the intake process and making sure incoming and prospective clients feel heard and cared for. In her free time, Dana enjoys taking advantage of the beautiful Bay Area weather, cooking, art and DIY, and cuddling with her giant black and white cat, Jake.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Kim Coshnear, LMFT, is a dedicated and highly experienced mental health professional with over a decade of experience in the field. She has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California since 2011, providing focused care and support to her clients.
Kim earned her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College, recognized for its strong liberal arts tradition. She continued her academic journey at the New College of California, where she received her Master of Arts degree in Social Clinical Psychology. This strong educational foundation underpins her multifaceted therapeutic approach.
She’s a Scrabble enthusiast who enjoys friendly competition with her family, an amateur watercolor artist, and a nature-lover always ready for a picturesque walk. If there’s a wagging tail or a warm-hearted person nearby, you’ll find Kim basking in their company. In both her professional and personal life, Kim is all about embracing the journey, cherishing moments big and small.
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Leah Ehinger is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with a background in somatic therapy and nervous system practices. She received a master’s in social work from Indiana University in Indianapolis. Leah has worked in various social work settings from individual therapy and case management to research and policy. She is passionate about personal transformation as a means to social justice.
Her clinical style is based in somatic therapy and the use of the body as part of healing. Leah’s early training was in movement science, fitness and kinesiology. She is also a yoga instructor and personal trainer. She helps clients connect with their bodies using somatic and polyvagal practices to soothe the nervous system and observe subtle body sensations. She uses mindfulness practices to help clients ground into the present moment. She also uses imagination and visualization practices to help her clients dream of a future without use.
In her free time, you can find Leah at a Pilates or dance class, painting with watercolors, playing the drums, dreaming of travel, and reading novels/graphic novels.
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Leslie Leasure is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who has been working with people in recovery for more than 27 years in a range of roles. She has facilitated spirituality and grief and loss workshops at treatment centers across the Bay Area, and was the founding program director at the Ignite Institute – a center specializing in connecting spirituality, social justice work, and innovation.
She is a firm believer in the transformative power of connection, and her style of therapy is strengths-based, trauma-informed, and rooted in the concept of post-traumatic growth.
Leasure holds an MSW from Arizona State University, an MFA from Indiana University, and an MDiv from Pacific School of Religion. She is a guest faculty member at the Chaplaincy Institute’s Interfaith Studies program where she trains future clergy to support and advocate for those struggling with substance use disorders.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, and reading every cheesy sci-fi novel ever written. She is an avid gamer (hello Animal Crossing!) with a passion for open-world exploration.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Peter has worked in substance use settings for over 20 years. Initially he began his career in Ireland, where he was born, working in residential treatment while working towards his degree BA in counselling and psychotherapy.
Over the next ten years he worked in a variety of treatment settings in Ireland before emigrating to the US and obtaining his master’s in social work. He moved to the Sf bay area in 2015 after graduating and has worked at Alta Mira, running the IOP there before starting his private practice in Oakland where he lives. Peter specializes in the intersections of substance use and trauma, he practices a somatic approach both in his private practice and in his work with Foundations. He balances his time between his private practice, Foundations, and his family.
When not working Peter is most likely either found in the gym, in bed or playing with dog and his two daughters!
Beth Foley, C-IAYT
As a certified Yoga Therapist, Beth has extensive training in the yoga and mindfulness space, specializing in the therapeutic application of yogic practices and principles to guide clients toward greater wellbeing. She shares somatic tools that work with one’s nervous system to transform unwanted patterns, allowing clients to experience more balance and ease in their daily lives. For the past several years, Beth’s practice has focused on supporting others in healing from trauma and addiction and living a more embodied life.
Ninah has been practicing acupuncture in San Francisco since 2005. She currently provides acupuncture home visits in and around San Francisco and the East Bay, as well as private acupuncture at Five Pins Project on Guerrero St. She founded and ran Community Acupuncture Works, a sliding scale acupuncture clinic in the Mission district, from 2008-2020.
With 12 years of experience in a community clinic she has had the opportunity to treat a vast array of health concerns in a diverse community setting. She has seen over and over again how acupuncture powerfully calms the nervous system, allowing people to regain access to their innate ability to feel grounded, connected and calm. Ninah’s compassionate and empathetic manner help guide her approach to treatment. She believes the powerful effect acupuncture has on our body and nervous system is one of the best tools we have to connect us to our body’s innate healing capacity.
In her free time, Ninah enjoys hiking and exploring the amazing natural beauty of the Bay Area, thrifting, flea markets, estate sales as well as, reading, music, cooking and spending time with family, friends and her beloved cats, Maeve and Hattie.
Briann McCoy, CMT
Briann McCoy is a Licensed Esthetician and CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist who provides skin care services, body work, and massage in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Her treatment goal for clients is to help facilitate a sense of well-being that is felt physically, emotionally, and mentally. She graduated with over 600 hours of massage and body work education from the San Francisco School of Massage in 2014. She applies the same level of skill, care and consideration to all treatments. She truly enjoys what she does and feels fortunate to work with clients at Foundations Recovery Network San Francisco.
M.S.N. APRN PMHNP-BC
My name is Monique Fincannon, M.S.N. APRN PMHNP-BC. I graduated from Saint Louis University – Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My passion is to help individuals with mood disorders and substance use disorders. After graduating seven years ago I have worked in a multitude of settings – inpatient psychiatric hospital setting. residential treatment center setting, outpatient programs and clinical settings. My passion is to help individuals through medication management and psychotherapy; I also enjoy spending time with my family and two dogs!
Shawn Lynch is the office manager for Foundations San Francisco supporting the team and our clients so that everyone can operate at their highest potential. Prior to joining the group here, Shawn worked in Consumer Affairs at Levi Strauss & Co., was an account executive at Ketchum Public Relations and then a marketing manager at Wells Fargo. Shawn is originally from a small town in Southern Indiana but spent his formative years growing up in San Bernardino, California (as an Air Force brat). He spent two years attending UC Berkeley and then returned to Indiana to finish his education at Purdue University, earning a BA in Communications. Shawn considers it a privilege to collaborate with his colleagues as well as watch clients put in the effort to become even better versions of themselves. Outside of work, Shawn enjoys nature hikes, urban hikes, cooking, reading, and dinners out with friends.
Panda & Polar
Panda and Polar have been “employed” as therapy companions at Foundations since January of 2023. They enjoy greeting everyone who comes in and in return they enjoy lots of pets, tummy rubs, and hugs. They especially love coming to work to gaze out the windows, zoom down the long hallway, and get treats from all the staff. In their free-time they enjoy long walks on the beach, bird watching/chasing, and snuggling.