Everyone Has the Power to Leave a Meaningful Legacy

Our own founders, the Duffy family, know this to be true—because they’ve lived it. Throughout the 1950s and early ‘60s, family patriarch Gene Duffy suffered from alcohol addiction. A married father of three, his disease tore the family apart and threatened to end his life prematurely.

Gene’s story appeared to be headed for a predictable ending—until he decided to make a change. He discovered AA and began to embrace a life of sobriety, which inspired a new personal mission: to help as many other alcoholics as he could. Gene moved to California and opened a pioneering residential treatment center that, to this day, focuses on treating all residents with dignity, warmth and respect.

His son Mike, having witnessed the pain and suffering addiction can cause a family, wanted to continue his father’s legacy of serving others. Together with his son Mick, Mike started New Legacy in the hopes of bringing high-quality care driven by integrity and genuine compassion to regions that don’t yet have it.

For nearly 50 years, the Duffys have seen what true empathy, support and hospitality can do to help someone who has acknowledged their need to change. They have helped nearly 40,000 people write new endings to their addiction stories—and with New Legacy, they hope there are thousands more to come.

Starting a treatment center

In 1967, Gene Duffy (Mick’s grandpa and Mike’s dad) started a residential treatment center in the heart of wine country, called Duffy’s Myrtledale in Calistoga, CA. As a recovering alcoholic, Gene desired to share his experience, strength, and hope with those who still suffered.

Carrying on the legacy

Upon Duf’s death, his three sons led the work at the Duffy’s Napa Valley. Mike Duffy served as Vice President and CEO for over 20 years. Then, Mike’s son, Mick, served in the same leadership roles for 3 years.

Continuing the mission

Through New Legacy Recovery, the mission continues. Addiction knows no geographical boundary. We will serve those suffering in many regions within the borders of this country and the world beyond.

Meet the Team

Mick Duffy

Mick Duffy


Mick has served as Vice President and President of Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab, as well…

Naomi Ledgerwood

Naomi Ledgerwood


Naomi loves to untangle and simplify complex situations to create organizational change. Her natural management…

Shannon Sell, Clinical Director

Shannon Sell, MBA, MSW, CSW

Chief Clinical Officer

Shannon is a social worker by training but realized a passion for administration early in…

Mike Duffy

Dr. Mike Duffy

Chief Financial Officer

Growing up in an alcoholic’s home, Dr. Mike witnessed the devastating effects of alcoholism, as…

Christi Altobello

Christi Altobello, MS, LPA


Christi Altobello is a Licensed Psychological Associate with 17 years of experience in the behavioral…

M.S. Wright, M.D.


Dr. Mark Wright is both a psychologist and psychiatrist who has more than 30 years…

Cameron Miller

Cameron Miller, MSW, CSW

Director of Sober Living

Cameron is family centric with a passion to help those in need. Inspired by assisting…

Robb Schuler

Director of Business Development

The best way to describe Robb is that he’s just a super friendly, genuine kid…

Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson, LPCC


Over the last 20 years Debra has worked as a Licensed Clinical Counselor in nearly…

Shawn Keenan, Clinician

Shawn Keenan, LPCC, MCP, MYM


Shawn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a background in Christian ministry. He completed his…

Sarah Back

Sarah Back

Intake and Finance Specialist

Sarah Back has worked in healthcare for over 14 years with the past three being…

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