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Algmus Gambling Treatment Staff


Rick Benson

Rick founded Algamus Recovery Centers in 1992 and has directed gambling-specific, Algamus residential facilities in Florida, South Carolina, Quebec, and Arizona.

A Cornell University graduate, Rick is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II) and a Canadian Problem Gambling Counselor (CPGC). Algmus and Rick were featured on the very first episode of Intervention on the A&E channel.

For more than 30 years he has been both a student and a facilitator in Bonding Psychotherapy, Holiotropic Breathwork, Primal Therapy, and the Enneagram. He is presently a member of both the Arizona Enneagram Association and the International Enneagram Association and was deeply involved in the Enneagram Prison Project. He is an executive board member of the International Primal Association. 

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Scott Melissa

Scott holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to joining Algmus, he was an expert trainer in MA with the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling where he focused on problem gambling in the criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse communities. In this capacity as Director of Outreach and Training, Scott’s primary goals were to develop, enhance, and support partnerships with stakeholders in the problem gambling field.

Scott was also part of the leadership committee which managed the operation of the state-wide helpline as well as coordination of supportive referrals and resources. Scott’s dedication has led to the capacity building that has enabled more clinicians throughout the state to identify, screen, assess and treat disordered gambling.

As Algmus’ Executive Director, Scott’s mandate is to establish a network of resources for Algmus clients. He brings positive energy and is held in the highest regard by those who have encountered him in the problem gambling community. The MA Council on Compulsive Gambling has a long tradition of being proactive, innovative and is a leader in the area of problem gambling support, advocacy and education. Part of their success is attributable to Scott’s hard work and dedication. He is warm-hearted, caring and empathic.



Billy Bilbray, MS LISAC

Billy earned his undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego in Business Administration and his Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Billy is a Somatic Experiencing trauma therapist. Billy uses an eclectic blend of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Strength-Based, Solution-Focused approaches to help clients make positive changes in their lives.

Billy promotes “Living in Integrity” to help clients build self-esteem and alleviate shame and guilt. Billy encourages clients to achieve and maintain a proper recovery balance consisting of self-care (exercise, good nutrition, sleep, etc.), family, spirituality, 12 step program, career development, and the all-important fun and play. Billy also encourages clients to view music as a valuable recovery tool. Everybody has a song or band that lifts their spirits no matter how down they may be. Music also has the power to alleviate anxiety and fear.

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Victoria Stallings

Victoria is the Primary Therapist and Case Manager at Algmus. She facilitates individual sessions and group therapy on psycho-education with a focus on recovery and family systems.

For three years prior to joining the Algmus team, she managed the Neuro-Feedback Center and was a group leader at A Sober Way Home. She earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology and is presently completing her Master's degree

in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

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Ryan Pienovi

Ryan began his recovery at Algmus in North Palm Beach, Florida in 2006 and became a resident manager there late in 2007. In 2008, he relocated and became the lead resident/operations manager for Algmus Gambling Treatment Services in Prescott, Arizona.

Ryan is in the process of becoming a certified gambling counsellor, and as program manager coordinates a variety of activities for

residential clients. He also functions as a group facilitator and peer counsellor.



Brian Paneth

Brian has been a therapist intern at Algmus for the past year. He facilitates group therapy on the dangers of gambling. He also uses CBT to help clients change their thought patterns. For ten years prior to joining the Algmus team, he ran a nursing home as a Licenced Nursing Home Administrator. Brian earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology and completed his Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California

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