Keynote Speakers:

Michael C. Barnes, Esq.

Michael Barnes, Esq. is the managing partner at DCBA Law & Policy in Washington, DC. Mr. Barnes's legal practice is focused primarily on health care and drug safety. He has advised pharmaceutical companies, laboratories, treatment programs, and practitioners seeking to improve health outcomes and reduce the risks of liability. Mr. Barnes is a founder and the chairman of the not-for-profit Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence and is a member of the advisory board for the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. He has authored more than 10 scholarly articles and presents frequently at conferences nationwide. He is a contributor to U.S. News & World Report and provides analysis for TV networks including CNBC, CNN, FOX Business, FOX News, and MSNBC. Mr. Barnes previously served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Andrea Barthwell, MD, DFASAM

Andrea Barthwell, MD, DFASAM is the Chief Medical Officer for Treatment Management Company and the Founder and Director at Two Dreams Outer Banks, a comprehensive wellness center for the treatment of alcoholism and substance use disorders. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington, DC-based global health care and policy-consulting firm EMGlobal LLC. Dr. Barthwell’s current work is focused on developing strategies to expand access to treatment for opioid dependence disorder, expanding practitioner knowledge of urine drug testing in the identification and treatment of substance use disorders, and helping individuals and families prevent substance use disorders with the lecture series, “The Parents Academy.” Dr. Barthwell served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President George W Bush from 2002 to 2004. As a member of the President’s sub-cabinet, Dr. Barthwell was a principal advisor on policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs. During Dr. Barthwell’s tenure, the Bush Administration widely publicized science-based facts about the dangers of marijuana use and the harms of drug legalization. The Administration encouraged student drug testing as a deterrent to the initiation of drug use and as an early identification tool, and it promoted the expansion and improvement of drug courts. The ONDCP 25-Cities Initiative fostered local coordination of drug treatment and control efforts. ONDCP coordinated with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to provide funding for screenings, brief interventions, and referrals to treatment to fund early intervention services in hospitals and other general medical and community settings to reach people at risk of dependence on alcohol or drugs. In fiscal year 2004, the President’s drug treatment initiative, Access to Recovery, received a $100 million appropriation from Congress. Initial grants were awarded in 2004 to 14 states and one tribal organization. While serving the Executive Office of the President, Dr. Barthwell was an active member of the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth and the White House Domestic Violence Working Group. She also worked closely with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to define the scope of its Health Services Research portfolio. Dr. Barthwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University, where she served on the Board of Trustees, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School. Following post-graduate training at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical Center, she began her practice in the Chicago area. Dr. Barthwell serves as President of the multi-disciplinary Encounter Medical Group (EMG, an affiliate of EMGlobal), was a founding member of the Chicago Area AIDS Task Force, hosted a weekly local cable show on AIDS, and was president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In 2003, Dr. Barthwell received the Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. In 1997, Dr. Barthwell’s peers named her one of the “Best Doctors in America” in addiction medicine.

Rick Campa, MD

Rick S. Campa, MD, is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He trained in family medicine and served as chief resident at the Reading Hospital in Reading, PA. Dr. Campa has been practicing since 2013 in the field of family and addiction medicine. His practice specializes in the detox from chemical dependencies and care of eating disorders. Dr. Campa received the Exceptional Teacher Award and Exceptional Role Model Award during his year as chief resident at the Reading Hospital. He is board certified in family medicine and is a licensed physician in the state of CA.

Gwendolyn Casella

Gwendolyn Casella got clean and sober in 1997. She worked at Cri-Help, Inc. for over a decade in a variety of direct care and administrative roles while attending Drug and Alcohol Studies at Pierce and Mission Colleges. Since 2002, Gwen has been tied to the recovery community through her considerable experience as a sober coach and by conducting "extreme interventions" (defined as "recovery by any means necessary"). She has her own business, Recovery Services Unlimited LLC and, notably, was featured on A&E's "Relapse, the Sober Coach Chronicles." Identifying integrity as the underpinning of her approach, Gwen considers herself very lucky to be trained by some amazing mentors for whom she has always had a tremendous respect. Having worked at several treatment facilities, Gwen now passionately devotes all of her professional efforts to her role as Director of Detox and CD Services at La Ventana. She believes she was meant to do this work and loves doing it. When Gwen is not working, she spends time with family and sings in her band.

James S. Flowers, PhD, LPC-S

James S. Flowers, PhD, LPC-S is a highly-respected leader, mentor and entrepreneur in the pain recovery and addiction treatment field. For over twenty years, he has developed a substantial number of addiction and pain recovery programs within some of the most recognized treatment centers in the country. He has dedicated his career to designing multidisciplinary addiction treatment programs and clinical protocols to help individuals suffering from addiction and chronic pain.
Dr. Flowers earned his Ph.D. and his master's degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University, and bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has been an active member of the Texas Association of Chronic Pain Management, the American Psychotherapy Association, the American Counseling Association, the Texas Counseling Association, the American Academy of Pain Management, and the Texas Pain Society.
Currently, Dr. Flowers is founder/CEO of Driftwood Recovery Center and Kemah Palms Recovery, both in Texas, and provides consulting services to a variety of organizations nationwide.

David Greenfield, PhD

David Greenfield, PhD is the founder of The Center and Institute for Internet and Technology Addiction ( and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is recognized as one of the world's leading voices on Internet, computer, and digital media behavior, and a pioneer concerning compulsive and addictive use; he is the author of the Virtual Addiction, which rang an early warning bell with tech overuse when it came out in 1999.

Ericha Scott, PhD, LPCC917, ICRC, ATR-BC

Ericha Scott, LPCC917, ICRC, ATR-BC an award winning psychotherapist, Dr. Scott has 33 years of professional experience providing psychotherapy for those with substance use disorders and trauma survivors. She has lectured throughout the United States and she has published and provided professional training abroad. Dr. Scott has published her theory and research in peer review journals such as UCLA, Arteterapie, and Haworth Press (an award winning trauma press). Her contribution as the co-author of two chapters in an Andrew Weil, MD library series textbook will be published by Oxford University Press later this year. She is licensed in California as E. Hitchcock Scott, PhD, LPCC 917, nationally certified as a registered board certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and a registered expressive arts therapist (REAT), and she is internationally certified in addiction treatment (ICRC). Her blog can be found at

Jeff Skillen

Jeff founded SkillSet Enterprises in 2007 with the vision of offering his unique perspective, skills, and expertise to companies who want to take their game to the next level. Jeff has extensive senior executive experience at world-class companies, and possesses the unique ability to creatively connect the seemingly disparate artistic and corporate worlds to deliver outstanding results for clients. Having developed and sold a small business himself, he is keenly aware of the entrepreneurial mindset and unique environments found within growing companies. Further, Jeff has been a part of 2 separate senior management teams that have launched successful IPOs.

Jeff has diverse entrepreneurial experience in virtually all facets of creative business industries and communities. His expertise encompasses behavioral health, digital media, new technology, business development, production, public relations, management, publishing, business affairs, sales, e-commerce, marketing and distribution. Jeff has previously worked with prominent brands such as DTS, Acura, Gibson Guitar, Warner Bros., and Dell.

In addition to serving a number of high profile clients, Jeff serves as an Expert Scholar for the Gerson Lehrman Group, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University and the University of Montana. He has previously been a member of NARAS, the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) Communications Committee, and a member of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Audio Technology Advisory Board.

Marsha Stone JD, LCDC

Marsha Stone JD, LCDC is a world renowned speaker, visionary, and respected leader in the field of addiction recovery. Marsha is the Chief Executive Officer of BRC Recovery and in January 2016 she founded Spearhead Lodge, an extended-care treatment facility for young adults. Spearhead Lodge offers a completely new approach to treating the young adult population and their families, based upon the tried and true principles found in every BRC Recovery program. BRC Recovery is a pioneer in the addiction recovery industry, and has successfully been Bringing Real Change to the face of addiction for over 10 years. Marsha integrates her own battle with and triumph over addiction into providing the most effective and quality rehabilitative process possible to those struggling with addictive disorders. Marsha holds a Juris Doctorate with the distinction of Academic Excellence from North Carolina Central University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Elizabeth City State University, and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas.

Faculty Members:

Anita Avedian, MS, LMFT, CAMS-IV

Anita Avedian, MS, LMFT, CAMS-IV is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Licence # LMFT 38403) and has been in practice since 2001. She has mentored countless interns and licensed professionals to start and grow their own practice. Anita has offices in Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Hollywood, and Glendale. Her specialties include working with relationships, anger, social anxiety, and addictions. Anita is the Director of Anger Management 818, with 9 locations, helping both self-referred and court-ordered individuals seek help with their aggression. She is a Diplomat member of NAMA, a Certified Anger Management Specialist IV, and offers monthly training throughout California and Nevada to certify counselors in anger management. She authored Anger Management Essentials, a workbook for aggression, which has been translated into Spanish, Armenian, and Hebrew. The teens anger management book has also been published. She is the co-Founder and President of the California Chapter of the NAMA which is the California Chapter of Anger Management Providers. She offers monthly training throughout California and Nevada to certify counselors in anger management. She authored Anger Management Essentials, a workbook for aggression, which has been translated into Spanish, Armenian, and Hebrew. The teens anger management book has also been published. Miss. Avedian is very involved with the professional community. She is the co-Founder and President of the California Chapter of the NAMA which is the California Chapter of Anger Management Providers, and the Founder of Toastmasters for Mental Health Professionals.

Soraya Azari, MD

Soraya Azari, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF. She is a clinician educator and practices primary care, HIV medicine, and addiction medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG), the city's safety net hospital.

Stefan Bate, BA, MA, LAC

Stefan Bate, BA, MA, LAC holds a Master's Degree in Applied Psychology from Regis University and is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado. Stefan has wide-ranging experience in the field of addiction recovery including: working as a recovery coach, therapist, and program director. Stefan also has extensive experience designing and implementing addiction treatment and recovery support programs. Helping people engage in effective treatment, build a solid foundation for real world recovery and participate in a life of true fulfillment are his specialties. Stefan is currently the Chief of Clinical Operations at Jaywalker Lodge

Mary Bellofatto MA, LMHC, NCC, CEDS, CP, TEP

Mary Bellofatto MA, LMHC, NCC, CEDS, CP, TEP has worked in the Mental Health Field for over 40 years in the field of addictions, eating disorders and pastoral counseling. She worked for fifteen years at one of the top ten addictions treatment centers in the nation as Clinical Director and National Training and Aftercare Director. She owns Mary Bellofatto Consulting, where she leads retreats, seminars and presents at national conferences on mental health issues, teaching psychodrama as the preferred treatment modality. She is currently on the Boards of Directors for the International Association of Eating Disorders and has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Mary is the psychodrama trainer at Onsite and facilitates groups and intensives. Her passion for the past 20 years has been her work in Rwanda, East Congo, Burundi, Uganda, and Sudan Africa in reconciliation and trauma healing for the genocide and war survivors as well as her facilitating groups and training at Onsite.

Vicki Berkus, MD, PhD, CEDS

Vicki Berkus MD, PhD, CEDS is a board certified psychiatrist currently living in Newport Beach, California. She is the medical director for EDCC PHP program in Albuquerque and for Monte Nido PHP in Newport Beach, California. Dr. Berkus is the medical director for the substance abuse program at La Ventana. She is the past president of iaedp and currently on the Senior Advisory Board. She is the author of a recent book chapter on physiological effects of eating disorders " Eating Disorders in Special Populations" and is the author of the acclaimed "10 Commitments to Mental Fitness" . She has been the medical director for several programs around the country that treat eating disorders and has medically worked with patients at all levels of eating disorders treatment. She has brought telemedicine to several facilities and is dedicated to providing treatment to patients who do not have substance abuse or eating disorder professionals in their area.

Emily Bielen, BS

Emily Bielen, BS has extensive experience in marketing and finance in both the private and public sector. Her educational background, personal journey in recovery, and leadership role motivates her to achieve her goal to elevate the meaning of leadership in the world.

John Bruna, BA

John Bruna, BA author of The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life, the TEDx talk, Free Will is a Skill, is a counselor, educator, and mindfulness teacher. With humble and challenging beginnings, he grew up in a low-income environment, surrounded by drugs, alcohol, and violence. In 1984, at the age of 22, found recovery in the 12-Steps and changed the course of his life. As a result of that journey, John has been able to turn his experiences of being a dishwasher, auto mechanic, corporate manager, graduate student, substance abuse counselor, school teacher and Buddhist monk into insights on how to live productively, creatively, and collaboratively. Having transformed his own life, John has devoted his life to helping others improve theirs. He is the co-founder of the Mindful Life Program, founder of Mindfulness in Recovery, and director of the Way of Compassion Foundation.

Jean Campbell, LCSW, TEP

Jean Campbell, LCSW, TEP is a Board-Certified Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, a Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodramatic Bodywork® and nationally-known expert in Psychodrama, trauma resolution, addiction/codependency recovery, couples and family work and somatic psychotherapy. As Founder and CEO of Action Institute of California, Jean provides training workshops for professionals, personal growth workshops for families, couples and individuals, and is committed to using action to effect change on a body, mind and spiritual level.

Julie Chesley, PhD

Julie Chesley, PhD is an Associate Professor of Organization Theory and Management at Pepperdine University. Julie’s teaching focuses on personal and group transformation as well as the critical thinking and analysis required to successfully lead large scale change. Julie has also been on the faculty at the United States Air Force Academy and at Colorado College. In addition to her academic practice, Dr. Chesley has over thirty years’ experience implementing, teaching and researching organization management, including twenty years of service to the United States Air Force retiring as a Lt Colonel. During her Air Force career Julie had the opportunity to lead critical strategy implementation and change efforts including strategic planning for a major government agency which led to national recognition. Recently her consulting work has ranged from designing and facilitating strategic off-site meetings with Fortune 100 Presidents and their customers, to executive coaching, board succession planning, and survey feedback. Julie has numerous publications and presentations including articles in California Management Review, Journal of Change Management, Journal of Business Research and the Journal of Leadership Studies, as well two texts: Applied Project Management for Space Systems and Strategic Thinking: Today’s Business Imperative. She holds a B.S. in Management from the United States Air Force Academy, and an M.B.A and Ph.D. in Organization Theory and Management from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.

Cyn Clarfield, PsyD

Cyn Clarfield, PsyD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at a behavioral health practice serving children and adolescents in Seattle, WA. She plans to continue her research on well-siblings in order to increase awareness and create effective interventions for individuals and families in the health care field.

Diana Clark, JD, MA

Diana Clark, JD, MA is a renowned family recovery advocate in the field of addiction and mental health treatment. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and has authored and facilitated numerous workshops , a nd coordinating book "Addiction Recovery: A Family's Journey specifically designed for family members of those struggling with addiction. As a recognized force of clear speech, logic, and loving acceptance, Diana has helped thousands of families establish healthy boundaries, manage expectations appropriately, and develop plans for their own recovery.

Sherry Daley, MA

Sherry Daley, MA is a leading governmental advocate in California where she has been instrumental in policy development for the alcohol/drug addiction profession for more than 20 years. Her experience in law and regulation includes engagement in crafting and implementing the state's coverage for substance use disorder benefits under the Affordable Care Act; enforcement of the state's parity laws; strengthening regulation of licensed and certified facilities; developing new regulation for certified counselors; and procuring the nation's highest dedicated taxation revenue for treatment from any legal marijuana initiative to date. Daley is published in several industry publications including, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly, Counselor Magazine, and the CCAPP Weekly Dispatch. She also wrote and produced Crossroads Centere Antigua's quarterly publication for Eric Clapton's renowned facility. Daley has a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and currently serves as Planning Commission Chair for a city south of Sacramento, California.

Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III

Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III, is the CEO of C4 Consulting, a firm focused on the business of mental health and addiction treatment organizations. C4 Consulting helps clients improve financial performance, enhance competitive positions, and achieve the most productive organizational alignment among staff, management, and board members. He also serves as the Director of Operations at Recovery 360°, providing psychosocial rehabilitation, individual, group, marriage, and family therapy the Colorado Front Range area. Jonathan is a board member of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP), serves on the board of directors for the Stout Street Foundation. He is a Helping Men Recover Certified Trainer with Griffin Recovery Enterprises. Over the past 20 years in behavioral health services, Jonathan has specialized in providing increased efficacy in numerous organizations, driving business growth and service integrity.

Kathryn F. Edgerton, Esq.

Kathryn F. Edgerton, Esq. is a transactional and regulatory attorney with Nelson Hardiman, LLP, a California based healthcare specialty law firm. Ms. Edgerton has developed an extensive niche practice representing behavioral care providers, in addition to representing hospitals, physician organizations, and telemedicine providers.

Ms. Edgerton has successfully obtained licensure, certification, and accreditation for a variety of facilities regulated by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the California Department of Social Services (DSS), and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), including substance abuse treatment facilities, group homes, adult residential facilities, congregate living health facilities, and home health agencies. Additionally, she has considerable experience drafting facilities’ patient intake documentation as well as policies and procedures related to licensure, certification, and compliance with privacy and security laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), and California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA).

Ms. Edgerton is a Certified Information Privacy Professional in U.S. private-sector privacy laws and regulations (CIPP/US), and is Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) by the Compliance Certification Board. Ms. Edgerton is admitted to practice law in both California and New York.

Nina Firooz, LMFT

Nina Firooz, LMFT is a primary therapist at La Fuente and also in private practice. She earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with an LGBT-Specialization from Antioch University Los Angeles and has worked in the recovery field since 2012.

Janet Fluker, MS, LPC, CPCS

Janet Fluker, MS, LPC, CPCS is in private practice at Decatur Family Psychiatry in Decatur, Georgia. She was formerly the Director of the Family Recovery Center at MARR, Inc., which provides education, counseling and support for families struggling with addiction. She has extensive training and experience in working with families, couples and children and leads workshops on topics related to family recovery. She is also founder of the International Association of Family Addiction Professionals, an alliance of Family Addiction and Recovery professionals who share information, research and best practices with one another.

Tabitha Fronk

Tabitha Fronk is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist and Supervisor, and Certified Child Life Specialist. Tabitha has provided Art Therapy and mindfulness-based psychotherapy to clients recovering from trauma and addictions for the past 20 years.

Neeraj Gandotra, MD

Neeraj Gandotra, MD is the Chief Medical Officer for Delphi Behavioral Health Group. Prior to joining, he has been Medical Director for the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy and Addiction Treatment Services at Johns Hopkins. He has been involved in numerous research projects at Johns Hopkins.

Steven S. Garnham, MEd, LEAP, MAC, LAP-C, CADC, SAP

Steven S. Garnham, MEd, LEAP, MAC, LAP-C, CADC, SAP owner of Comprehensive Workplace Training, holds a certification in Pennsylvania as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed Employee Assistance Professional, Labor Assistance Professional - Certified, and is a qualified SAP. As a SAP trainer, he has provided trainings for qualification and re-qualification for SAPs since 2005. He is a former EAP counselor for Amtrak and the USPS as well as previous EAP for the Phila Police Dept. He has presented at the EAPA World conference, LAP National Conference, WCSAD as well as many other locations.

Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC

Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC currently resides in Los Angeles California. Beck has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community and has years of experience doing so. Beck has spoken nationally at various conferences, trained facilitiesm and written programs regarding LGBTQ+ communities.Beck has over 12 years of personal recovery and continues to address concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ+ in sober communities. Beck is the owner/consultant of BGC Consulting, helping facilities become more affirming and knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ populations.

Lyndon Harris, MDiv

Lyndon Harris, MDiv international speaker and presenter on topics of Forgiveness, Peace Making, Conflict Transformation, and Coping with Public Tragedy. Lyndon was the priest at St. Paul's Chapel in New York City on September 11, 2001. This experience began his journey to Forgiveness.

Heather Hayes, MA, LPC, CIP, CAI

Heather Hayes, MA, LPC, CIP, CAI (certified ARISE Interventionist), Founder and CEO of Heather R. Hayes & Associates, Inc. She is a Master's Level, Licensed Counselor, Board Registered Interventionist (CIP) and Certified ARISE Interventionist. A veteran of the behavioral health field, she has over 30 years of experience working with addictions and other disorders and specializes in trauma, brain disorders, complex mental health issues and the full spectrum of addictive disorders. Ms. Hayes has been published in numerous journals, books, and other industry publications. Recognized for her comprehensive and trauma-informed approach to addiction and intervention, Ms. Hayes serves as an on-air expert and consultant for CNN and Dr. Oz. As an independent interventionist, Mrs. Hayes does not have financial relationships with any treatment centers or clinicians. Over 90% of the individuals who go through the intervention process with her seek treatment.

David Hernandez, MD

David Hernandez, MD has worked in the field of eating disorders over the past 6 years. He has been Director of Health Services, Westmont Collge Medical Consultant for Central Coast Medical Consultant for Recovery Roads Eating Disorder Treatment Center, is Owner and Founder of Trilogy Health Care, and is Medical Director for La Ventana Residential Treatment Center, Santa Barbara

James Herndon, PA-C

James Herndon, PA-C graduated from the University of Washington's School of Medicine Physician Assistant program in 2002. Jim is currently the Director of Treatment Services at Addiction Therapeutic Services, which he founded with his wife, Josie Herndon as well as the Founder of Addiction Medicine Consulting. He continues to provide medical consulting services at three local substance abuse treatment centers, Michael's House, Bella Monte, and Sovereign Health. Jim started working in the field of addiction medicine at The Betty Ford Center in 2002 and in 2008, he became Medical Director of ABC Recovery. Jim was published in 2005 in the ASAM Journal of Addictive Diseases, having co-authored an abstract recognizing that Buprenorphine detoxification increases patient retention in treatment. This protocol has since become a nationally recognized model for opiate detoxification. He has continued his work with alcoholics and addicts, accessing and treating their medical needs.

Norman G. Hoffmann, PhD

Norman G. Hoffmann, PhD as a clinical psychologist, has 40 years of experience in the area of assessment research involving behavioral health conditions. He has lead the team that validated the first brief screen for substance use disorders among arrestees and that screen has been applied in various other settings. His work with colleagues has documented that not all diagnostic criteria are equal in their implications and have developed a variety of assessment tools based on the DSM-5 and ASAM Criteria.

Gregory Holich, MS, LPC

Gregory Holich, MS, LPC oversees the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program at Timberline Knolls. This involves supervising the DBT Specialists, providing education and training for TK staff, and facilitating daily DBT skills training groups with adult and adolescent residents. Greg received his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Central College in Naperville, IL and his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology degree from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.

Grant Hovik, MA

Grant Hovik, MA received his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College. Mr. Hovik has worked in the field of substance use disorders through research, training, and technical assistance since 2006. Currently, he is a trainer and online curriculum developer for UCLA's Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (PSATTC), where he conducts a variety of trainings on evidence-based substance use disorder treatment including Motivational Interviewing and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. Mr. Hovik is also an instructor for UCLA Extension's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Certification Program where he teaches about the science of substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Eddie Hunt, LMFT-Primary Therapist

Eddie Hunt, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (MFC53544). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Providence College in 1996, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2010. He is currently immersed in EMDR training and working toward certification as a Group Therapist by the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists. In 2010, he began his private practice internship under the supervision of Andrew Susskind. He also trained at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Southern California Counseling Center, and the Center for Healthy Sex. He is the President-elect and past Treasurer of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles and a member of AGPA and CAMFT. In 2014, he completed the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Certificate Program at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. Prior to graduate school, he worked in the entertainment industry for 10 years, which affords him the ability to empathize with the challenges and struggles particular to that business.

Erica Ives, MA, MFT

Erica Ives, MA, MFT has been practicing as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT# 34566) since 1997 and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, women's issues, and addiction. She earned her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She demonstrates a passionate devotion to this significant field of healing. Erica has extensive experience working in all levels of care within the areas of eating disorder treatment, substance dependency, and self-injurious behaviors, and trauma. She has also consistently been in private practice. Erica has worked as a Clinical Director of Mental Health, Eating Disorder, and Addiction treatment centers, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member, teaching Trauma and Addiction. She is a published author of Eating Disorders: Decode the Controlled Chaos. Erica has and continues to train and supervise therapists working towards licensure, and educate communities on prevention and treatment of mental health issues and eating disorders.

Ian Jensen, AMFT

Ian Jensen, AMFT earned a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis is LGBT Affirmative Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. Prior to joining La Fuente he worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. He is also in private practice and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from CSU, Long Beach.

Zahra Kashi, PhD, HCLD

Zahra Kashi, PhD, HCLD is a board-certified molecular immunohematologist with nearly 27 years of experience in clinical laboratories, biologics, and pharmaceuticals. She has authored dozens of peer-reviewed publications and is an inspector for the College of American Pathologists.

Albert Kopak, PhD

Albert Kopak, PhD specializes in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders in criminal justice settings. He is an associate professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Andrea Kulberg, PhD

Andrea Kulberg, PhD is a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience in treating severe anxiety disorders, eating disorders and other mental health problems. She is an expert in exposure therapy (ERP) and as well as Family Based Treatment (FBT) for anorexia and bulimia, and has enjoyed training experiences at such places as the Behavior Therapy Training Institute of the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), as well as Eating Recovery Center of Denver's Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program. She recently presented at the IOCDF annual conference and is currently the Clinical Director at La Ventana Eating Disorders Treatment Program in Santa Barbara, California.

Andrew Kurtz, MA, MFT

Andrew Kurtz, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been a Clinical Specialist with UCLA's Integrated Substance Abuse Programs since 2014. Mr. Kurtz has previously served as a program director in community mental health, specializing in optimizing access to services through a same-day assessment center. He has served as the lead contact of a nationally-recognized Trauma-Informed Care implementation that provided staff trainings and program design assistance to improve trauma services, including developing a one-of-a-kind wellness center focused on reducing barriers to accessing care for individuals exposed to traumatic events. Mr. Kurtz has a background in research on cognitive and behavioral interventions for the treatment of first-episode schizophrenia diagnoses.

Suzanne Lahl, MSOD

Suzanne Lahl, MSOD is a specialist in strategic thinking, leadership and organization development and mindset development. For over three decades she has created and delivered programs for non-profit and for-profit organization leaders to enhance performance, powerful and ethical leadership, strategic thinking and uncommon collaboration. A background in psychology, consciousness studies, communication, health and well-being and organization development supports Suzanne’s expanded and integrated approach to learning and development. Suzanne and her colleagues are recognized pioneers in applying neuroscience discoveries to their international coaching and leadership development practices for well over a decade. Suzanne and her business partner, Dr. Terri Egan – professor of Applied Behavioral Science at Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, have created an evidence-based cutting edge model for developing leader mindsets to meet the challenges of a fast paced and complex world. Their model includes four capabilities: Dynamic Attention, Whole Person Integration, Strategic Clarity and Authentic Collaboration. As an organization development consultant, Suzanne inspires greatness in leaders – the kind that makes the world a better place. Working in partnership with CEO’s, Boards of Directors, and leader/manager teams, Suzanne’s high energy workshops and retreats result in breakthroughs that drive both pragmatic and creative outcomes. In addition to consulting and mindset development coaching, Suzanne is an adjunct faculty member in the globally ranked Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program at Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.

Michael P. Levine, PhD

Michael P. Levine, PhD Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders. For 34 years Dr. Levine's commitment to research, writing, and advocacy has focused on the intersection between sociocultural risk factors, prevention, community psychology, and developmental psychology. With respect to prevention, he has authored two books and three curriculum guides, and he has co-edited three books. In the eating disorders field he has also published approximately 105 articles and chapters.

Andrew Martin, MBA, LAADC

Andrew Martin, MBA, LAADC is the Chief Operating Officer at American Addiction Treatment Association, a national trade association that provides regulatory and compliance resources to addiction treatment professionals. Andrew's extensive experience in the addiction treatment industry dates back to 2005 and includes founding and operating Serene Scene Magazine, a monthly magazine with a circulation approaching 30,000 subscribers. He also launched The Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference, which delivered high level learning to addiction treatment professionals, developed, a directory of addiction treatment resources and information for the United States and Canada, and spearheaded Serene Center, a 36 bed transitional sober living and outpatient treatment facility for those in early recovery. Andrew has also authored three books: Effective Time Management for High Achievers, Point of Return Book One, and Point of Return Book Two.

John Mills, Esq

John Mills, Esq is a partner at Nelson Hardiman, LLP, a California based healthcare specialty law firm. Navigating between regulatory compliance and litigation, the versatility of John Mill's healthcare practice and the diversity of his clients provide him with a keen understanding of the unique business objectives and risks facing different segments of the healthcare provider community. Among John's diverse range of clients are hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, addiction treatment facilities, physicians, medical groups and IPAs, Knox-Keene licensees, and pharmacy providers. John's regulatory compliance work focuses on key issues facing providers that could potentially impede their business operations. He advises clients on managed care and ERISA compliance, voluntary disclosures of possible Medicare over-payments, medical staff and peer review, analysis of business arrangements to ensure compliance with the anti-kickback and Stark laws, and provides regulatory guidance to covered entities and contract pharmacies in connection with the federal 340B program.

Timothy Murphy, PhD

Timothy Murphy, PhD a Commander in the Navy, worked with blast concussion and Addiction Specialists in comprehensive care of PTSD and traumatic brain injury in military service members. Dr. Murphy is accomplished in strategic action with medical, legislative, military and veteran's care. He is a national leader in mental-health care and legislative/regulatory processes. He is a builder of national coalitions in illuminate important issues and wrote the latest Mental Health Bill that was passed in Congress.

Pete Nielsen, MA, CADC II

Pete Nielsen, MA, CADC II is the Chief Executive Officer for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), CCAPP Credentialing, and CCAPP Educational Institute. Califonia Consortum of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) is the largest statewide consortium of community-based for profit and nonprofit substance use disorder treatment agencies, and addiction focused professionals, providing services to over a 100,000 California residents annually in residential, outpatient, and private practice settings. Its 12,000 individual addiction professionals and 500 programs provide substance use disorder treatment services in the majority of DHCS licensed and/or certified sites throughout the state and constitute the largest infrastructure of the state's publicly funded substance use disorder treatment network. CCAPP is the only statewide consortium representing all modalities of substance use disorder treatment programs.

Kristine Nutt, LCSW, LCAS

Kristine Nutt, LCSW, LCAS is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Specialist. She currently works with Elements Behavioral Healthcare, as a National Clinical Relations Director. After completing her MSW at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, she ran a day treatment program for offenders. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with children, adolescents, and adults, and was part of a National Disaster Response Team for FEMA as part of a pilot project to assist individuals with substance abuse issues and PTSD following natural disasters.

Kristina Padilla, MA, IMF, LAADC, ICAADC, CGS

Kristina Padilla, MA, IMF, LAADC, ICAADC, CGS is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Director of Education overseeing CCAPP's Education Department. She also is Director of Business Development. Ms.Padilla has a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Padilla is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADC),and an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICAADC). She is also a Certified Gang Specialist of the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) and is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies (NALGAP). Ms. Padilla is on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Menta Illness (NAMI), Sacramento Board. Ms. Padilla is the Program Director for the Peer Support Specialist Training Program, also known as the PPTP, and is the Chief Academic Officer for the CAARR Institute at CCAPP. Ms. Padilla is also a Addiction Technology transfer center (ATTC) Trainer as well.

Michael Parr, MD, FASM

Michael Parr, MD, FASM is a physician and certified clinical interventionist, based in Sacramento, California. He received his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Parr is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, and has over 30 years experience in chemical dependency treatment and pain management. Dr. Parr served as a consultant to the National Basketball Association Player Assistance Program for 25 years, from 1986 to 2011. While practicing obstetrics at the beginning of his career, he focused on treating pregnant women with addiction issues. He was the founder of the Mercy Perinatal Chemical Dependency Program. He was also the Medical Director of Sutter Hospital Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program. Dr. Parr co-authored the American Society of Addiction Medicine White Paper on Urine Drug Testing in Pregnancy. He has given numerous talks on improving perinatal outcomes with intervention and screening for substance use. In 2005 he began a full-time outpatient practice in chemical dependency, with a focus on treating patients with chronic pain who have become dependent on opiates.

Barbara Peavey, PhD, MS, PsyPharm

Barbara Peavey, PhD, MS, PsyPharm internationally recognized psychologist  Dr. Peavey holds PhD from University of North Texas in Behavioral Medicine / Clinical Psychology and Post-Doctoral degree in Psychopharmacology. Co-Founder and CEO of Lawlis-Peavey PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP) Center, an assessment center recognized by Dr. Phil Show for its outstanding capability to work with complex brain-based disorders and consulting psychologist with Origins Recovery Centers developing and integrating principles and practices of psychoneuroplasticity with 12-Step for more comprehensive addiction recovery.

James Peck, PsyD

James Peck, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and senior clinical trainer at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. Dr. Peck has extensive experience conducting curriculum development, clinical trainings, and clinical supervision on the etiology, assessment, and treatment of substance-related disorders, and on the treatment of individuals with co-occurring substance-related and psychiatric disorders. He currently works at UCLA in a clinical training role, and maintains a busy practice treating individuals with co-occurring disorders including HIV and HCV.

Julia Rose Polk, MA, LMFT

Julia Rose Polk, MA, LMFT is a Certified Youth Trauma Trainer hailed by clients as "the real-life Olivia Benson," Julia Rose is a passionate advocate for those who have survived childhood trauma, and those seeking to heal and live full and integrated lives. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Youth Trauma Trainer, JR has researched trauma for over a decade. Her own personal experiences of successfully treating, reducing, and integrating her own trauma serves as her foundational knowledge on the subject, and informs her work with (and hope for) traumatized individuals and their journey toward recovery. JR received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, her Bachelors in Journalism from DePaul University, and she will begin UC Davis' Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship in January 2018.

Adam Richardson, MDiv, MA

Adam Richardson, MDiv, MA completed both a Master of Divinity as well as Clinical Psychology at Naropa University. He is a certified mindfulness instructor through Shambhala International. His current area of interest is integrating indigenous healing modalities into a western therapeutic context.

Manny Rodriguez

Manny Rodriguez is the CEO/Founder of La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center. Manny has been immersed in the Los Angeles recovery community for most of his adult life. What initially began as a personal road to wellness became a calling to fill a void and to help others battling addiction to reclaim their own lives. Manny has had the great fortune of working in many diverse industries: dancer/artist, nightlife promotion and serving as Marketing Director for GameWorks, a subsidiary company of SEGA, DreamWorks and Universal Studios. He continues to produce educational addiction videos and has been published and quoted in The Advocate, The Huffington Post and LA Weekly.

Joseph Rogers, MDiv

Joseph Rogers, MDiv, is the Director of Spiritual Care and Community at Refuge Recovery Treatment Centers, a founding member of the Refuge Recovery community program, and an Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society teacher. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at UCLA.

Zachary Rothenberg Esq

Zachary Rothenberg Esq. is partner at Nelson Hardiman, LLP who regularly counsels clients on special investigation audits, advises on land use, advocating for clients where administrative actions challenge zoning laws, attempting to prevent facilities from operating in their existing location

Steven Rudoy, PsyD

Steven Rudoy, PsyD is the Clinical Director for Clearview Treatment Center. Dr. Steven Rudoy received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and received specialized training in evidence-based treatments through the UCLA Semel Institute. Through this opportunity, Dr. Rudoy was a part of a comprehensive DBT team, studying the efficacy of DBT for the treatment of severe emotion dysregulation in teens with features of Borderline Personality Disorder. Dr. Rudoy received additional training in severe mental illness through an APA-accredited internship at Pacific Clinics, during postdoctoral training at Didi Hirsch Mental Health, and at Gateways Forensic Residential Services, where he oversaw two facilities for individuals with both mental illness, substance use disorders, and frequent interaction with the legal system. As clinical director at Clearview, Dr. Rudoy oversees the clinical program for clients suffering from co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, facilitates DBT skills groups, provides individual psychotherapy, and provides training and education on DBT and other EBPs to program staff.

Ricardo A. Santiago LMHC, MS

Ricardo A. Santiago LMHC, MS currently serves as Clinical Director of Palm Beach Recovery Group and is also co-owner and co-founder of Epic Adventures Therapy LLC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Ricardo has served in the social services arena as a mental health counselor and program director since 2000 and was licensed as a mental health counselor in the state of Florida in 2003. He has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient & outpatient mental health, child and adolescent group home/shelter, adolescent & adult homeless shelter, in-home individual and family counseling, therapeutic foster care, and adolescent & adult residential substance abuse treatment. Ricardo is also an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he teaches psychology courses. He is a member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and was selected to serve as Coordinator of Publications & Communications of their Therapeutic Adventure Professionals Group (TAPG) Leadership Council.

Deborah Schroder, MS, ATR-BC, LPAT

Deborah Schroder, MS, ATR-BC, LPAT is the Chairperson of Southwestern College's Art Therapy/Counseling Program. She has teaching Family Art Therapy here for almost 15 years, and during that time she has asked all of her students to look deeply into who they are, through the use of Art-based Genograms. She has also used Art-based Genograms in her client work over the years, and one of the most significant experiences she had was using it during "Family Weekends" at Life Healing Center in Santa Fe. The residents were working on issues related to trauma and substance abuse and when she asked them to create these genograms with their family members, amazing things showed up in the images. Suddenly the "identified patient" saw generational patterns of addiction, substance abuse and trauma. Over the years she has continued to explore and expand how one might use these genograms in client work, and eventually wrote a book about it which came out in 2015. She continues to believe in the power of inviting family members and ancestors to show up as images, using metaphor to look at the relationships, family beliefs, and unspoken and spoken family rules.

Kristina Sherry, Esq.

Kristina Sherry, Esq. is a transactional and regulatory attorney with Nelson Hardiman, LLP, a California based healthcare specialty law firm. She brings to her healthcare practice the equanimity of a litigator experienced in representing both employers and employees in various labor and employment disputes. She has built her current practice representing a diverse array of healthcare providers, including addiction treatment and behavioral care entities. Kristina’s experience includes drafting numerous employee handbooks and employment contracts for healthcare providers, including addiction treatment facilities. She has also assisted in multi-business formations, complex mergers and acquisitions, conducting nuanced regulatory research, and in drafting and reviewing concierge membership agreements for physicians.

Cherlyne Short Majors, PhD

Cherlyne Short Majors, PhD has held senior executive level positions in marketing, business development and administration for numerous internationally recognized, behavioral healthcare treatment providers including Charter Behavioral Health (National Director of Managed Care), Betty Ford Center (Executive Director of Business Development), Cirque Lodge (National Director of Business Development), UCLA-affiliated Summit Centers (Executive Director) and, most recently, Constellation Behavioral Health (Chief Development Officer; Senior Strategic Advisor). Additionally, she introduced an innovative pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders to the European market by embedding the product in leading Swiss clinics (Director of International Business Development). Dr. Majors’ experience in the fields of child/maternal health and behavioral health spans 30 years in a variety of settings, including treatment of alcohol and drug dependent children and adults, as well as the creation and direction of programs designed to provide such treatment. Her consulting practice includes domestic and international strategic business development, and quality improvement for behavioral health treatment providers. Dr. Majors’ education includes a Ph.D. in Addiction Studies (International University of Graduate Studies); Masters of Liberal Arts (Southern Methodist University); Masters of Arts in Medical Anthropology (Southern Methodist University); Master Addiction Counselor (National); Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (Texas); Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Inactive); Certification in Small Business International Management (Small Business International Trade Association of Oregon); and a Lifetime Teacher’s Certificate (Texas). Dr. Majors is a Founder of The Women’s CEO Global Alliance in Behavioral Health and is committed to encouraging and supporting existing and emerging women leaders through coaching and mentoring in a private practice. Most recently, she founded WILLOW Institute which is dedicated to developing leadership training for emerging women leaders in Behavioral Health.

Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA

Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA is a clinical psychologist, Master Addiction Counselor and Fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators. He has been providing treatment or clinically or administratively supervising the delivery of care to individuals with substance use and mental health disorders full time since 1962. He was an author of the ASAM Supplement on Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorders and he provides training and consulting on pharmacotherapy for addiction and mental health disorders. He was a Workgroup Facilitator for two CSAT TIPs. He has provided training in 44 states and 6 foreign countries. His goal for this workshop in to increase knowledge and acceptance of pharmacotherapy for addictive disorders among clinicians who are not medical.

Rebecca Sledge, LPC-MHSP, ATR

Rebecca Sledge, LPC-MHSP, ATR has worked in the addiction treatment field since 2007, after completing her MA in art therapy counseling in Portland, OR. She moved to Nashville and began the art therapy program at Cumberland Heights in late 2008, building the curriculum and programming to serve all patients in residential treatment at CH. She also facilitates art therapy groups at a local sober living house. Rebecca coordinates and manages all experiential therapies at CH to serve patients in a wide variety of treatment modalities.

Stephanie Trumm, CARN, LAADC

Stephanie Trumm, CARN, LAADC is Registered Nurse and is a highly regarded Clinical Case Manager for the MAXIMUS Healthcare Professionals Diversion Program in California. Stephanie obtained her certification as a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) in 1997, earned a BA in Psychology from Brandman University in 2013, and obtained her Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) certification in 2016. Stephanie has worked in the specialty nursing fields of psychiatric and substance use disorders, with emphasis in the areas of prevention, early intervention, treatment, program development, and case management. She has been employed in both public, non-profit, and faith-based settings. Additionally, she directed and supervised a perinatal home visitation-based community family resource center. Among her many presentations at conferences, and to professional schools and treatment facilities, Stephanie is a regular presenter at UC Davis Medical Center and at California State University Sacramento’s Nursing Program. She and her husband reside in Folsom, California, where she loves keeping up with four of her grandchildren on the weekends.


Bob Tyler, BA, LAADC, CADC II, ICADC completed the Addiction Studies Program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in 1990. Bob went on to graduate summa cum laude there with a BA in Psychology. He has worked in recovery since 1990 in multiple levels of care. Bob is currently owner of Bob Tyler Recovery Services (consulting, CD private practice, public speaking), is Past President of the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), was a founding Board Member of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), and is currently on faculty LMU in the Addiction Studies Program there. He authored the EVVY Award-winning book, Enough Already! A Guide to Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Addiction, and has produced several educational DVD's. Bob has spent 27 years in the addiction profession. He specialized in relapse prevention since early in his career and now teaches relapse prevention at a major University. He has produced a DVD upon which the material is based that has been sold to over 1000 treatment centers across the country.

Nicky Treadway, LMHC, NCC, MA

Nicky Treadway, LMHC, NCC, MA holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Northwestern State University. She specializes in Maternal Mental Health and adventure therapy/experiential approaches. She is also the host of the podcast Cognizant and co-owns and operates EPIC Adventures Therapy, in North Palm Beach.

Nina “Anin” Utigaard, MA, MFT, REAT

Nina "Anin" Utigaard, MA, MFT, REAT is a founding/current ECC of IEATA, and was faculty for the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute in California with Natalie Rogers for 10+ years. She has 17 years experience working with addiction and has taught at universities, globally and nationally.

Sharon Volner, MS, LMFT

Sharon Volner, MS, LMFT has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field and currently serves as Clinical Director of La Ventana's Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Programs in Thousand Oaks, CA. With a deep understanding of the dynamics it takes to develop effective addiction and mental health treatment, Sharon specializes in working with at-risk youth, couples, families, and adults. Sharon currently maintains a private practice in Southern California and is a Certified Clinical Supervisor to registered interns working toward their licensure. Her clinical approach is multi-modal, addressing the biological, psychosocial, spiritual, and nutritional aspects of addiction treatment. Sharon earned her MS in Counseling with Distinction from California State University and is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). She also serves as co-leader of her daughter's Girl Scout troop in her ongoing effort to empower young girls to develop confidence and leadership skills.

Roger P. Watts, PhD, LSW, MAC, LADC, CCJS

Roger P. Watts, PhD, LSW, MAC, LADC, CCJS is a non-licensed psychologist and professor of Psychology at Augsburg University. As the Senior Clinical Advisor for Gray Wolf Ranch, Dr Watts created and oversees the implementation of a comprehensive primary and extended care program for adolecent men. The Primary care program reflects his 29+ year experience as a front-line clinician working with alcoholics and addicts in four states. His work as an extended care and outpatient clinician over this period of time informs his work with this aspect of the Gray Wolf continuum of care. Dr. Watts is experienced with the use of evidenced-based clinical practices known to work well with young men who are largely isolated from healthy relationships and withdrawn from healthy social systems in their communities. These practices include an extensive Motivational Interviewing program grounded in research supported data, coupled with a holistic approach to working with fundamental principles for living that can guide a young man through early recovery. Central to this work is also an emphasis on the practical implementation of 12 Step recoveery principles within the treatment milieu.

Rose Wheeler, LMFT, LAADC

Rose Wheeler, LMFT, LAADC has been working in the field of substance abuse since 2009, working both with addicts and they’re families. She has a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy, and has been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2010. She studied and researched family dynamics through Claudia Black's materials, and Virginia Satir, and many other family theorists. She is also certified as a Matrix Facilitator and Supervisor, working with families to help educate the importance of family involvement in recovery. She is also the Education Chair for CCAPP since 2017. Rose has a passion for working with the addiction population and their families to help them regain their lives and become productive members of society. She loves education and believes firmly that families need to be educated with the addicts and separately.

Deborah Whitney, BSADV

Deborah Whitney, BSADV has over 30 years in the medical industry. I have extensive knowledge in bringing new technology to multiple disease states and co-morbidities. I implemented a disruptive business model for Sports Recovery, Addiction and Dual Diagnosis by bringing a think tank of leaders in neuroscience to a holistic medically integrative approach. I brought new technology and best practices to the field of mental health with advanced technology for brain treatment in an outpatient and residential care setting. Pure created a new paradigm for treatment with an 80% success rate in second year. We combined 360 degree integrative medical holistic wellness, with sophisticated positive neuroplasticity training and brought together exemplary clinical staff and was published in first year of operation with Dr. Kenneth Blum. Pure established an integration of a cloud platform technology for tracking long term symptomology, cognitive testing with 3D brain mapping integration with baseline testing. Joint Commission Accredited. Currently we are implementing new research with a major university center on concussion and epigenetics.

Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT

Rebecca Wilkinson, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT is a registered, board certified, and licensed art therapist with over 25 years of experience working acute inpatient psychiatric care. She is co-founder of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC which provides individuals and organizations with training and resources for managing stress, preventing burnout and increasing wellbeing. Rebecca is co-author of Positive art therapy theory and practice: Integrating positive psychology with art therapy and teaches on the topic at the George Washington University's Graduate Art Therapy Program. She serves as a Wellness Counselor and Art Therapy Specialist at Miraval Resort in Arizona.

David Wiss, MS, RDN

David Wiss, MS, RDN is the founder of Nutrition in Recovery, which specializes in: Addictions, Eating Disorders, Body Image, and Mental Health. Mr. Wiss is a published author and very passionate about his career and vision. David is currently working towards his PhD in Public Health from UCLA.

Corinne Zemliak, LVN

Corinne Zemliak, LVN has worked in the medical field since 1998, and as an LVN since 2007. She has worked in various specialties, including cardiology, urgent care, orthopedics, urology, primary care, and pediatrics. At La Ventana she can apply all of the knowledge she has learned over the years to take care of our clients as a whole. She thinks it is amazing and rewarding participating as a member of the La Ventana clients treatment team and watches clients thrive in the La Ventana environment. She is a mom of 5 kids who range in age from 19 to 6 months old.

Ilana Zivkovich, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF

Ilana Zivkovich, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF an experienced clinician, executive, and clinical development officer, Ilana Zivkovich serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Northbound Treatment Services, and operates a small private practice as a therapist, facilitator, and trainer. Ilana celebrates and emboldens Northbound's renowned focus on fostering a flourishing and healthy organizational culture, and oversees clinical and programmatic development and service provision for the treatment center. An experienced and passionate presenter, Ilana is known for providing talks that are engaging, memorable, and impactful. Previously in her career Ilana served as the Executive Director for Promises Austin, and the Director of Clinical Development for Austin Recovery. Ilana holds a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF).
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