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  • Dr. Edward Kaufman
    Medical Director
    MD
    Dr. Edward Kaufman
    Medical Director
    MD

    Northbound Treatment Services is proud to announce the addition of Edward Kaufman, M.D. to the clinical team. Dr. Kaufman assumed the role as Northbound’s Medical Director in February 2012. The medical director position was created in response to the growth and expansion of Northound programs and the sub-acute residential detoxification services. Dr. Kaufman’s appointment further indicates the Northbound commitment to quality care and marks another milestone in the realization of our strategic vision. Dr. Kaufman has been practicing psychiatry for over 40 years.

    He blends his knowledge of psychology, family systems and psychopharmacology to meet the client’s individual needs. He was a former president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and Editor of the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Dr. Kaufman received his medical training at Jefferson University, USC and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has authored 3 books, edited 5 more, and written over 200 articles and book chapters on family therapy, alcoholism, drug addiction, anxiety and depression. He was a full professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he was the Director of Psychiatric Services, Residency and Medical Students Education and private alcohol/drug services.

  • Ilana Zivkovich
    Chief Clinical Officer
    LCSW, LCDC, CDWF-C
    Ilana Zivkovich
    Chief Clinical Officer
    LCSW, LCDC, CDWF-C

    Ilana Zivkovich joined Northbound in January 2015. An experienced clinician, executive, and clinical development officer, Ilana celebrates and emboldens Northbound’s renowned focus on fostering a flourishing and healthy organizational culture. Trained in positive psychology, Ilana believes in the strengths and potential of every client and team member she has the opportunity to work with. She utilizes her signature strengths of curiosity, love, and honesty to help others identify and build upon their unique set of strengths to live within the upper reaches of their potential. In recovery herself since the age of 16, Ilana is grateful for the opportunity to help young and emerging adults develop a fulfilling lifestyle of recovery.

    In her role as Northbound’s Chief Clinical Officer Ilana oversees the clinical service development and delivery, and does her part to ensure that Northbound’s ethos of transparency, authenticity, and collaborative leadership are able to flourish. Prior to joining Northbound Ilana held a variety of leadership roles within the addiction field, most recently serving as the Executive Director for Promises Austin. Ilana holds a Master 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 Consultant (CDWF-C). Additional areas of clinical specialization include shame resiliency, dual diagnosis, family of origin and family dynamic issues, and positive psychology.

  • Matthew Kinoshita
    Director of Clinical Training & Clinical Supervision
    LMFT
    Matthew Kinoshita
    Director of Clinical Training & Clinical Supervision
    LMFT

    Matthew is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 4 years of experience working with clients struggling with addiction. He came into the field of treatment with clinical training as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern. As an MFT-Intern he led Proposition 36 substance abuse classes and worked with court ordered youth from the Juvenile Drug Court of Orange County treatment programs. While clinical work as a therapist brought him into substance abuse treatment, he currently utilizes his unique skill set in the role of Program Manager for Women’s Core.

    He is in the process of completing a Psy.D in Marriage and Family Therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology. Matthew possesses a wide range of work experience: advertising executive, headhunter, and teacher are all job descriptions included on his resume. He has also held many positions of leadership and guidance for organizations he found inspirational. Past roles include Trustee for Alliant International University and Advisory Board Member for The Future Leader’s Institute. He has a curious mind and is usually engaged in some sort of outdoor activity. He has a teaching certification for skiing and snowboarding. He also enjoys woodworking, anything to do with cars, fine arts, and family. Currently, home is in Long Beach with wife Caroline and Piglet, a canine rescued from the streets of Los Angeles.

  • Ryan Winberry
    Clinical Program Director
    Ryan Winberry
    Clinical Program Director

    Ryan is a 2010 Northbound alumni with an incredible passion for working in the field of addiction. He attended the Academy at Northbound where he became a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and now runs the Men’s CORE Program and the Christian-based LINKS Program. Prior to coming to Northbound, Ryan was involved in structural engineering, and simply discovered he wanted a more purpose-driven life. He finds the work he does with his clients extremely gratifying, and is honored to be able to give back to the recovery community in whatever way he can. Outside of work, Ryan considers himself a true family man and enjoys spending his time with his wife and beautiful baby girl. He appreciates the outdoors and loves extreme sports, including wakeboarding, surfing, and snowboarding.

  • Elizabeth Steele
    Outpatient Services Program Manager
    Elizabeth Steele
    Outpatient Services Program Manager

    Elizabeth Steele obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Cal State Fullerton and worked for two years at a community health center providing case management services to clients with severe and persistent mental health diagnoses, many of whom were dually diagnosed with substance use disorders. She has a true passion for working with individuals suffering from addiction, and she went on to get her Master’s in Addiction Counseling at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. While at Hazelden, Elizabeth worked on female-specific units at the facility’s adult and adolescent young adult treatment centers. She also worked with the male population at Hazelden’s residential extended care program. Elizabeth joined the Northbound team in January of 2013 and leads an experienced, skilled team of addiction professionals as Program Manager of the Intensive Outpatient Program.

  • Heather Black-Coyne
    Men's Program Manager
    Heather Black-Coyne
    Men's Program Manager

    Heather joined Northbound from Washington State where she has six years’ experience working as an addictions counselor. Additionally, Heather has served on the board of CDPWS, Washington affiliate for NAADAC, served on the committee for NAADAC’s national conference, and has been published in the Washington State Treatment Update. Heather has a deep passion for working with recovering persons. She works as a case manager in Northbound’s Links program. Her goal is to create a safe space for her clients to explore and develop their relationship with God.

  • Dusty Watson
    Music Program Manager
    CAS, CAADAC
    Dusty Watson
    Music Program Manager
    CAS, CAADAC

    Dusty Watson has been in recovery for more than 20 years. After a 35-year career as a professional touring drummer, his passion for recovery led him into the treatment field. Dusty studied at the CAARR Institute and DLCAS where he completed his Drug and Alcohol Counseling coursework. Dusty is currently registered with CAS and CAADAC where he continues his studies. Along with his ability to share his personal experience with long-term recovery, Dusty facilitates drum therapy sessions for Northbound clients with his organization, Cleanbeat. Drum therapy promotes healing and self-expression. Cleanbeat offers participants the opportunity to find their voice and engage in another form of communication. Drumming is a form of listening and “talking” to others while collaborating with each other in a group setting. Each participant’s “voice” becomes an integral part of the circle, reestablishing one’s confidence and self-esteem.

  • Heather Fotion
    Collegebound & Careerbound Program Manager
    LMFT
    Heather Fotion
    Collegebound & Careerbound Program Manager
    LMFT

    Heather Fotion is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has been working in the field of addiction and mental health since 2011, Heather was attracted to Northbound’s focus on organizational health and the mission of assisting every client in achieving one year of continuous sobriety. Heather obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley; and her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. She has had experience working with clients of diverse backgrounds struggling with substance use disorders, and is passionate about creating a unique collegiate experience for young adults new to recovery through Northbound’s CollegeBound program. Heather enjoys supporting clients balance their recovery and academics by utilizing her clinical expertise, authenticity, and a bit of well-placed humor. Heather enjoys yoga, swimming, and being outdoors.

  • Conrad Pangan
    Collegebound & Careerbound Program Coordinator
    M.Ed, RADT-I
    Conrad Pangan
    Collegebound & Careerbound Program Coordinator
    M.Ed, RADT-I

    Conrad Pangan joined Northbound’s Collegebound & Careerbound clinical team in September 2016.  Conrad completed his Master’s degree in Education at Argosy University and his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at California State University, San Bernardino.  Conrad has over 14 years of experience working in both the social services and education sector.  Through his experience he has recognized the importance of facilitating the development of well-rounded individuals and ensuring that each individual realizes his/her potential. Conrad believes the journey through recovery begins with a commitment to achieving full use of one’s skills and talents. In order to be successful in their jobs, education, or life in general Case Managers and Counselors need to be excellent role models of “recovery.” When Clients show that they are continually learning about themselves, strengthening their recovery, and living full lives, this inspires people to say, “If others can do it, so can I.”

  • Bridget Hill
    Academic Tutor
    Bridget Hill
    Academic Tutor

    Bridget is so excited to work on the Northbound’s Collegebound clinical team! She is currently working to complete her CADC-CAS certification, and she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Prior to starting at Northbound, Bridget worked as Case Manager at another treatment facility in Newport Beach, and as a Youth Drug and Alcohol Counselor in Sacramento after interning at the Henry Ohloff house in San Francisco. In addition to her drug and alcohol counseling experience she has worked in several capacities in the school system as a Substitute Teacher and Instructional Assistant.  Bridget has found her niche working in the Collegebound/Careerbound program where she can help clients think BIG again and reach their vocational and educational goals. Bridget is coming up on her 2 year sobriety birthday and maintains a passion for helping others recover from a “hopeless state of mind and body”. She loves to travel, camp and watch/play sports.

  • Barek Sharif
    Therapist
    MFTI
    Barek Sharif
    Therapist
    MFTI

    Barek joined Northbound as a Therapist in 2014 and has been working in the field of chemical dependency since 2011. Prior to joining Northbound, Barek worked with adolescents, adults, couples, and families, focusing on emotional, cognitive, relational, and chemical dependency issues. His experience encompasses problems such as depression, anxiety, violence and sexual assault, anger management, trauma, and various other mood and personality disorders. Barek has conducted lectures, workshops, and has facilitated groups on various topics which have included chemical dependency. Barek received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University. He uses a multifaceted approach to therapy, utilizing a combination of Object-Relations, Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches. His focus in treatment is to help clients increase self–insight, develop effective coping and communication skills, and build healthy and lasting relationships. In his spare time Barek enjoys outdoor activities, reading, camping, and spending time with his wife and two boys.

  • Cassie Tumanuvao
    Therapist
    MS, LMFT
    Cassie Tumanuvao
    Therapist
    MS, LMFT

    Cassie Tumanuvao joined the Northbound team in April 2015. A colleague of hers raved about how wonderful it was to be a part of the Northbound family and she was so excited to be able to join in. Cassie completed her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University and received her Bachelor’s from Cal State Fullerton. Prior to joining the team at Northbound, Cassie worked with adults who suffer from substance abuse as well as with adolescents who struggle with severe mental illness. Working with dually diagnosed clients is something she feels very passionate about.

    She also has experience working with couples, families and the mentally disabled. She has an eclectic style and pulls from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). Most importantly, her approach towards her clients is to provide a validating environment while also being able to offer a neutral perspective.  She has been married for 3 years and her and her husband are worship pastors for their church in Fullerton, CA. She has a strong faith background and considers it to be a privilege to be able to utilize that when working with the LINKS clients here at Northbound.

  • Ericka Bettge
    Therapist
    LMFT
    Ericka Bettge
    Therapist
    LMFT

    Ericka has completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at National University. Ericka also holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to coming to Northbound, Ericka worked with court-ordered female adolescents and their families at a DMH contracted agency. She is certified in Seeking Safety, an evidenced-based practice that addresses issues of both substance use and trauma. She believes in a holistic model of treatment in which the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of a person are addressed in order to bring healing and recovery. Ericka uses an eclectic selection of theoretical approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology. She believes in the resiliency of the human spirit and a person’s ability to create lasting change in their lives. In her spare time Ericka enjoys competitive cycling, running, dance, traveling and her cat Lucy.

  • Crystal Delaney
    Therapist
    LMFT
    Crystal Delaney
    Therapist
    LMFT

    Crystal is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in counseling. She has experience working with several different populations including mentally ill adults, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, senior citizens with memory loss, people with legal problems, and dual diagnosis clients. Crystal believes in empowering her clients to develop the motivation to fight for themselves, often in regard to learning how to manage addiction or to cope with mental health symptoms. She specializes in doing cognitive behavioral therapy, teaching mindfulness and emotion management, and assisting clients with self-esteem issues, anxiety, and depression. Crystal thoroughly enjoys her work with Northbound clients, and feels very rewarded by often having the opportunity to see them make major changes over the course of treatment.

  • Farah Yaghobi
    Therapist
    MFT-I
    Farah Yaghobi
    Therapist
    MFT-I

    Farah completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University and received her Bachelor’s degree from UCSD. Prior to joining Northbound, she worked as a clinical therapist at Phoenix House working with individuals, couples, and/or families who dealt with both mental health and chemical dependency issues. During her time there, she gained experience in working with victims of gang violence, trauma survivors, and clients with severe mental illness. When it comes to establishing a therapeutic relationship, she believes strongly in using humanistic and collaborative approaches. She truly believes that human beings are inherently good, resilient, and have the potential to lead healthy and happy lives. Her ultimate goal as a therapist is to provide hope and motivation for her clients in order for them to gain a genuine understanding of who they are and feel empowered to move forward in sobriety.

  • Gayle Kaminsky
    Therapist
    MFT-I
    Gayle Kaminsky
    Therapist
    MFT-I

    Gayle brings years of experience successfully coordinating, implementing, and managing research-based intervention and prevention programs related to mental illness. She has her Master’s in Science from Hofstra University and is practicing as a registered BBS Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She is currently working on her doctorate in School and Community Psychology. Areas of specialty consist of substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, mood disorders, and educational and developmental disorders. She has a proven ability to provide effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Experiential Therapy, and other evidenced based practices. Gayle prides herself on providing a safe space as a platform to grow and heal the mind, body, and spirit. Her favorite part of the job is watching the light come on in another’s eyes and to see their growth into the person they always wanted to be. As an active member of 12 step programs, she believes that her primary purpose is to help another alcoholic or addict achieve and maintain sobriety, both physically and emotionally.

  • Goli Hooshvar
    Therapist
    MFT-I
    Goli Hooshvar
    Therapist
    MFT-I

    Goli Hooshvar joined Northbound in November 2015. Goli completed her Master’s degree and PhD at Loma Linda University and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern previously working at the Behavioral Health Institute in Loma Linda, California, Strive Holistic Campus in Ontario, California, and California Family Institute in Costa Mesa, California. Goli has taught Solution Focused Therapy and Crisis Intervention courses to masters level students, and has clinical experience working with diverse client populations. Goli has done extensive research as a graduate student in the area of substance abuse in regard to the use of various therapeutic modalities with recovery oriented care. Additional areas of clinical concentration include chronic illness and the systemic changes that often occur in families due to illness, acculturation and its impact on couple and family dynamics, socio-cultural contextual factors that impact marginalized couples and families, dual diagnosis, and narrative therapy.

  • Jennifer Friend
    Therapist
    MA, MFT-I
    Jennifer Friend
    Therapist
    MA, MFT-I

    Jennifer Friend joined the Northbound’s clinical team and is currently working  in the men’s program as a therapist. She brings her experience, passion, commitment, tenacity and an amazing ability of seeing the very best in every individual that she meets.  Jennifer obtained her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education from the University of La Verne, then moved on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University.  Jennifer has specialized training in Chemical Dependency and Issues of Diversity and has previously worked as an Adjunct Professor at Mt. San Antonio College teaching Internship courses in Alcohol and Addiction Treatment to students pursuing Drug and Alcohol Certification.

    Jennifer received Gottman Level I Relationship Therapist training and has also been trained in evidenced based practices including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused CBT, and Child Parent Psychotherapy. Jennifer has worked with vast and diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings gaining experience as a therapist and she appreciates utilizing Humanistic and Psychodynamic Therapeutic approaches, having gained experience and training in these and other therapeutic approaches; Jennifer is professionally equipped to meet her clients where they are in life.  In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her three sons, is an avid international movie buff, loves Victorian Novels, cooking, and interior design.  Jennifer has a strong faith and passionately believes that change at any stage or state of life is possible and loves tapping into what motivates others to change and grow.

  • Joanna Fildor
    Therapist
    LMFT
    Joanna Fildor
    Therapist
    LMFT

    Joanna completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, and received her Bachelor’s from UCLA. Prior to coming to Northbound, Joanna worked at Phoenix House providing therapy to court-ordered adolescents and their families in English and Spanish. She is EMDR trained and specializes in treating both adults, adolescents and their families with co-occurring disorders. She has had experience working with abuse survivors, combat vets, and victims of gang violence. Joanna is in the process of obtaining her certification in TF-CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy). She believes in a post-Modernist approach to the therapeutic relationship, and she strives to be transparent, compassionate, and grounded with her clients. She believes that people are resilient, strong and innately good, and her goal in therapy is to help them realize that for themselves. Currently, she lives in San Clemente with her husband Rene. She is a military wife and is very active in the military community and has volunteered at the Navy Medical Center with veterans, their families and wounded warriors.

  • Michelle Iankowitz
    Therapist
    MFT-I
    Michelle Iankowitz
    Therapist
    MFT-I

    Michelle Iankowitz excitedly joined Northbound in October 2015. Working in the addiction field for over 5 years has been a blessing for her as she entered on her own healing journey. Combining compassion, sensitivity to subtle energies and maintaining firm boundaries helps Michelle to not only create but also maintain an energetically sacred space for clients which they are worthy of receiving after surviving through so much. Empowering clients through providing self-soothing mindfulness-based approaches is a passion of hers. She feels it’s an honor to witness clients tap into their own inner light which addiction & trauma often times shadow.

    Michelle holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University where she studied in both the Advanced Clinical Track and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Track on the east coast. Michelle is soon approaching her license in Clinical Social Work. Areas of clinical specialization includes dialectical behavioral therapy, shame resiliency, mindfulness-based approach, breath-work emphasis, body-oriented psychotherapy and psychodrama. Michelle believes everyone has potential to tap into their own inner wisdom if surrounded by healthy guides.Michelle is certified as a Reiki I Practitioner in addition to being certified as an Advanced Pranic Energy Healer where she focuses on the quantum mechanical body. Michelle is currently in the process of earning her Vedic Master Certification at the Chopra Center to broaden her awareness on Ayurveda lifestyle for those in recovery. Michelle continues to keep both an open heart and curious mind to learning new therapeutic modalities that can benefit clients in need of balance.

  • Nick Berry
    Therapist
    MS, MFT-I
    Nick Berry
    Therapist
    MS, MFT-I

    Nick Berry, after hearing so many great things about Northbound Treatment Services from other people, and former colleagues that worked in the field of addiction and mental health treatment, he decided to join our team. He was unbelievably ecstatic about the overwhelming welcome from the staff, as well as, our clients upon his arrival.  Having nearly 3 years of experience in the field of substance abuse treatment, Nick has found a niche in working with individuals who suffer from addiction and alcoholism.  Earning his masters of science in counseling psychology from California Baptist University in Riverside, California, Nick has experience working in private practice settings as well as addiction treatment.

    Nick conceptualizes clients based on psychodynamic and attachment modalities and finds that individuals who suffer from addiction not only fit the addiction disease model, but also experience underlying factors which stem from insecure attachments as well as strained relationships early on in life.  Nick specializes in working with issues related to grief and loss, trauma, attachment disorders such as attachment trauma and dual diagnoses.  Nick plans on beginning training in order to gain certifications in EMDR therapy as well as trauma-focused CBT within the next year in order to offer further assistance to those who suffer from addiction.  Nick enjoys reading and collecting comics as well as outdoor activities such as hiking and traveling.  Nick’s joy in working in the treatment sector comes from witnessing individuals enter treatment expressing low self-worth as well as low self-efficacy and watching them transform and discharge with a sense of purpose and greater sense of self in order to gain independence and motivation to tackle challenges that before seemed unimaginable.

  • Shayla Chapman
    Therapist
    MFT-I
    Shayla Chapman
    Therapist
    MFT-I

    Shayla joined the Northbound team in July 2016. She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Prior to Northbound, Shayla gained experience in a wide variety of exposures. In 2008, she assisted in conducted clinical trials at the UC Irvine Family Lab research program for doctoral candidates in psychology. Since then she has worked in many different settings, such as school-based, court-mandated, and nonprofit agencies. Her training includes acute, residential, and intensive outpatient care for substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment. Her approach is integrative. Guided by psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and Mindfulness principles, she helps her clients gain a deep understanding of what triggers their emotional stress, why, and what they can do about it. Engaging body, mind, and inner wisdom, her approach seeks more compassionate ways of relating to self and others. Currently, she is a Doctor of Psychology student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine, California, where her research explores gender issues related to life satisfaction among women.

  • Stephen Creel
    Therapist
    MA, LMFT
    Stephen Creel
    Therapist
    MA, LMFT

    Stephen Creel is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working in the field of chemical dependency for over 12 years. Stephen earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2001. After his graduation, Stephen went to work as a family therapist at Phoenix House. It was here that his discovered his passion for working with individuals in recovery. He has worked at a number of other treatment centers in the Southern California area and joined Northbound in August of 2012. At Northbound, Stephen conducts individual and family therapy and leads of number of process and educational groups. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology at Argosy University in Orange, CA. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and beautiful six-year-old daughter.

  • Kellie Berry
    Pastoral Counselor
    CADC II
    Kellie Berry
    Pastoral Counselor
    CADC II

    Kellie Berry is the Pastoral Counselor in the Links Program at Northbound. Kellie brings a passion and commitment to treatment based on her desire to see transformation happening in the lives of clients. She likes to see positive change come to those whose lives and relationships have been damaged by addiction. Kellie gets energy from helping these individuals reframe their experiences and integrate the tools of the 12 steps so that they are restored physically, emotionally and spiritually. Kellie comes from a staff church position where she served in Soul Care and Recovery Ministries, as well as doing Life Care Counseling and serving as one of the Community Pastors. Kellie’s personal struggles and working through the brokenness of being an adult child of an alcoholic give her a perspective that helps her connect uniquely with her clients. She earned an AA in Human Services from Orange Coast College and attended the Institute of Addiction Counseling and Intervention, graduating as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

  • Albert Martinez
    Case Manager
    Albert Martinez
    Case Manager

    Albert Martinez has been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse for over 11 years. His expertise covers areas such as relapse prevention, self-esteem, and anger management. At Northbound Albert assists his clients with increasing self-identity, autonomy, coping skills, and life skills. Albert believes that every client has and deserves the opportunity to stay sober, but simply lacks the tools necessary to do so. Albert is a Certified Addiction Counselor II, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at University of Phoenix. He is a happy father and grandfather, and enjoys spending time with his wife traveling the globe.

  • Catie Grisham
    Case Manager
    CADC-CAS
    Catie Grisham
    Case Manager
    CADC-CAS

    Catie joined the Northbound team in April 2015 and has been working in the field of substance abuse and mental health treatment since 2008. She began her career working with adolescents and their families in an outpatient setting and had the opportunity to work alongside a handful of incredible clinicians and doctors an in intimate setting and developed a love for the field. She has since worked with adults in both residential and outpatient settings, done life coaching with young adults, and continues to develop her love for family work in particular. Catie is absolutely in love with the work she does and is passionate and believes that what she does is teaches people how to love themselves.

  • Doug Corrigan
    Case Manager
    Doug Corrigan
    Case Manager

    Douglas Corrigan joined Northbound in December 2014. An ever growing clinician, co-worker, and operations technician, Doug honor’s and encourages Northbound’s distinguished focus on enriching a thriving and healthy organizational environment. Trained under the mission and vision of Northbound’s compass, Douglas believes in the fortitude and potential of every client and team member he has the good fortune to work with. He embraces his trademark strengths of compassion and honesty to help others establish and develop upon their inherent set of skills to operate within their aptitude. In recovery himself, Douglas is grateful for the opportunity to help young and rising adults enrich a gratifying way of life in recovery. He started his role at Northbound working in operations and felt he needed to be closer to the client’s on a clinical level. His role now as Outpatient Case Manager, Douglas assists clients in celebrating our mission of one year of continuous sobriety. He guides the client’s to be courageous, authentic, and accountable to all those they encounter along their journey of recovery. Douglas enjoys running marathons, swimming, hiking and deep sea fishing.

  • George Graham
    Case Manager
    CCS, CATC-II
    George Graham
    Case Manager
    CCS, CATC-II

    George is dual certified as a C.A.A.D.E. Clinical Supervisor and Addiction Treatment Counselor who has been working in the field of addiction since 2007 after discovering his true calling; to be a role-model for other addicts and alcoholics struggling with their disease. As a recovering addict and alcoholic George understands the personal battle of addiction and has great passion working with clients who have substance abuse issues. Maintaining focus on those who suffer from Dual-Diagnosis as well as substance abuse issues George has found substance abuse is not just dealing with the use of mood altering chemicals, it is the underlying issues that need also be dealt with. George works closely with clients, family members, employers, referents and colleagues in order to allow each client the greatest opportunity at long term sobriety.

  • Kelli Daniels
    Case Manager
    Kelli Daniels
    Case Manager

    Kelli Daniels joined the Northbound team in August, 2016.  After working in the health and fitness industry for 15 years, Kelli returned to school and completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services at California State University Fullerton along with a Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Certification.  While interning at Touchstones Adolescent Treatment Center, Kelli introduced Yoga to the residents and staff bringing together her two passions, recovery and fitness.  Kelli was honored to present Yoga for Health and Recovery at the 2016 California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) annual conference.  Kelli feels blessed to have 21 years of sobriety (one day at a time) and is passionate about sharing her experience, strength and hope in her personal and now professional life.  Kelli has a strong faith in God and enjoys sharing her faith as the Women’s Links Case Manager.  In her free time, Kelli enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys!

  • Mike Boyer
    Case Manager
    BA, RAD-T I
    Mike Boyer
    Case Manager
    BA, RAD-T I

    Michael is a 2013 Northbound alumni who is thrilled to be involved in the program that gave him so much, Northbound’s College Program. Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver in 2014. As the Academic Coordinator, Michael brings extensive experience as a tutor and in navigating the complexities of higher education. He also has firsthand knowledge of the power education can have in early recovery. He takes great pride in being able to help individuals reach their academic goals. For Michael, school was a crucial supportive piece to his own sobriety that helped foster a full and productive life, which he hopes to instill in every client that goes through Northbound’s College Program. Michael is supported by an impressive team with years of experience, immense passion, and a commitment to client health that delivers a truly one of a kind experience.

  • Rebecca Frei
    Case Manager
    Rebecca Frei
    Case Manager

    After over thirty years working in the field of Accounting & Human Resources, Rebecca made the decision to return to school to obtain her  credential as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) through CAADE .  As a result of her own recovery Rebecca has a passion for helping others who suffer from the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction.  Rebecca comes to Northbound with four years of experience working as a Case Manager in residential treatment.  With her compassionate heart and her personal experiences of addiction as a family disease, Rebecca has become an asset to the Women’s Core department of Northbound.  Rebecca is active in her own recovery and has a deep respect and love for Alcoholics Anonymous.  Rebecca spends her free time friends and most especially with her family which include her two children, their spouses and two grandsons.

  • Shauna Sopko
    Case Manager
    Shauna Sopko
    Case Manager

    Shauna Sopko has been working in the treatment of addiction for over 10 years. In 2008, Shauna completed her internship under one of the leading eating disorder treatment specialists in the nation. In addition to working with the addicted population, Shauna is also in recovery, getting sober at age 14 and maintaining her sobriety since that time. At 16, Shauna attended school to become a pharmacist, but the universe had a greater plan for her. Shauna has discovered that her purpose in life is to help others heal. Shauna is a Reiki Master and massage therapist, practicing her healing techniques outside of her primary setting. As the mother of two teenage girls, Shauna has a very busy life. Shauna enjoys hiking, camping, and other random adventures with her daughters. Shauna loves traveling solo to the far reaches of the Earth and sees every new day as an opportunity to love, learn, and grow.

  • Shelly Wilson
    Case Manager
    Shelly Wilson
    Case Manager

    Born in La Mirada, California, Shelly feels most at home near a) her family, b) her Orange County recovery community and c) the Coast. Shelly is the second born of three girls and is mom to an 18 year old son, Trevor. Her friends would describe her as gregarious, direct, witty, animated, thankful, hard-working, and courageous. Shelly’s focus in case management includes self-regulation, values planning, unbiased exploration of a Higher Power, self-efficacy, vocational preparation, and building sober support. From Shelly’s personal experience in 12 Step recovery and her professional training (licensed by California Association of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselors), she believes the combination of talking, writing, and connecting to a sober community those in recovery avoid keeping the secrets that eventually lead to shame and isolation, and likely to lapse or relapse. Today, Shelly’s best part of her life is her family. She carries a strong message of reunification, loyalty, and restoration to clients acknowledging that the spiritual principles embedded in the 12 Steps seem “lofty” some days. But most days, “As I see God work, I feel totally humbled and sometimes speechless.”

  • Trisha Winberry
    Case Manager
    CADC II, BA
    Trisha Winberry
    Case Manager
    CADC II, BA

    Trisha’s personal experiences in recovery have played a significant role in her professional pursuits with working with young adults at Northbound since 2009. Trisha’s knowledge of alcoholism and drug abuse, her passion for her work, and her commitment to her clients play a big part in guiding and educating the students in the Academy. Trisha received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a Family Studies minor at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and is currently working towards her Master’s in Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

  • Colin Maher
    Continued Care Specialist
    Colin Maher
    Continued Care Specialist

    Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Colin began working at Northbound in January, 2013. Colin initially obtained his Bachelor of Science in Geology at Radford University. After battling his own addictions for many years and finally finding sobriety, he began volunteering at an Outpatient facility in his hometown of Roanoke. After deciding to pursue a career in the Addiction field, Colin obtained his Master’s in Addiction Counseling at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. While at Hazelden, Colin worked on male-specific units, the Dan Anderson Renewal Center, and also had the opportunity to spend time at the Retreat in Wayzata, MN. Since coming to Northbound, Colin has spent his time working in our Men’s CORE program, helping guide our male clients through their own recovery journey.

  • Scott Kearney
    Adventure Activities Supervisor
    Scott Kearney
    Adventure Activities Supervisor

    Scott Kearney joined Northbound in September of 2013, and he has one of the most fun and rewarding positions at Northbound. After working in the event planning industry for several years, he wanted to do something more meaningful and impactful, therefore, he decided to begin working with young adults struggling with addiction. Scott’s passion is to see clients become the best versions of themselves and for them to relearn how to enjoy life again without abusing drugs and alcohol. Scott played football at UCLA, and he also graduated with a degree in Geography/Environmental Studies in 2008.  Scott’s passion for the outdoors, love of travel and zest for living an active, sober and healthy lifestyle make him ideally suited for his position as Northbound’s Activities and Events Supervisor.

    Scott is tasked with demonstrating to clients how to actively engage in a healthy sober lifestyle. Scott is a fitness trainer, boxing coach and certified Rescue Diver.  it is his goal to share his experience and enthusiasm for life with clients to inspire them to grow and thrive through having fun in sobriety.

  • Dr. Homan Mahallati
    One Eighty Detox Medical Doctor
    MD
    Dr. Homan Mahallati
    One Eighty Detox Medical Doctor
    MD

    Dr. Homan Mahallati is a board certified Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician with additional training and certification in addiction medicine.  A Southern California native, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology at the University of California Los Angeles and his Master’s Degree in Medical Management from the USC School of Marshall.  He later served as a research assistant at the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at UC San Diego.  Dr. Mahallati obtained his medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences and then proceeded to complete a residency at UCLA affiliate Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine Residency Program in Woodland Hills, Ca.  Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, Ca.  Wanting to give back to his community and his residency program, Dr. Mahallati returned to Kaiser Woodland Hills as a faculty member to work with and train residents while providing care to underserved communities in the greater Los Angeles area.

    He then went on to serve as the director of Sports Medicine at the Chino Valley Medical Center Sports Medicine Program where he trained and supervised Family Practice residents and Sports Medicine fellows.  Dr. Mahallati is currently the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of South Coast Specialty Surgery Center.  He has served as a team physician for the Los Angeles Kings minor league affiliate (Ontario Reign), NCAA Division 1 athletics Cal State University of Northridge as well as ring side physician for USA Judo and Boxing.  He has also served as a staff physician for the Los Angeles triathlon.  Dr. Mahallati is a concussion specialist and has evaluated and treated athletes from the collegiate ranks to professional hockey and former NFL players.  His interest in addiction medicine was sparked as he noticed an increasing trend in substance abuse and addiction amongst athletes with post traumatic brain injuries.  This interest led him to pursue further training and certification in the field of addiction medicine. Dr. Mahallati believes in a multidisciplinary team approach by integrating primary and addiction medicine to address an individual’s needs on their road to sobriety.  He is an active member of the AOA, ACOFP, AOASM and ASAM.  In his free time Dr. Mahallati enjoys spending time with his family as well as participating in outdoor activities.

  • Dr. Amir Nourbakhsh
    One Eighty Detox Medical Doctor
    MD
    Dr. Amir Nourbakhsh
    One Eighty Detox Medical Doctor
    MD

    Dr. Norbaksh is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, where he obtained his medical degree. He went on to finish his residency at New York Medical College in anesthesiology, with extensive training in intensive care and acute medical management. He then obtained his certificate in Medical Substance Abuse Detox and has been since serving the community in addiction medicine.

    Dr norbaksh have taken joy in most fields of medicine throughout his career helping people overcoming diseases affecting different body organs but his special interest in addiction medicine rises from the fact that it is in this field of medicine that overcoming ones disease doesn’t just fix one organ but fixes the entire person, when one is reborn to one’s self and unleashes unlimited potentials bestowed on him thats in us humans by default.

    As an osteopathic physician, he combines a holistic approach in medicine with the cutting-edge advantages of medical science to deliver a well-tailored and individualized detox for each patient. He is also one of the few physicians in the nation with expertise in ultra-rapid detox, AKA anesthesia assisted opiate detox. Dr. Norbaksh is the co-founder of Advanced Opiate Detox Institute, where safe and ultra rapid one-day opiate detox is performed.

    Dr. Norbaksh’s vision in addiction has shaped his practice in a unique way. We believe that no two addictions are the same and every individual requires a dedicated road plan. Also medicine should be used as a comforting yet temporary means to cut a patient’s physical dependency yet sustainable and fruitful plan is achievable only with a comprehensive plan that includes strengthening one’s faith and considers psycho-social support.

  • Gina Rigoli
    One Eighty Detox Program Manager
    Gina Rigoli
    One Eighty Detox Program Manager

    With more than eight years of experience working in the field of addiction, Gina brings her degree in Human Services and Mental Health, and her hands-on community approach to the doors of Northbound Treatment Services. A Southern California native, Gina has worked in a variety of residential and detoxification treatment centers, mentoring addicts in their quest to acquire a rewarding and sustaining life. Gina has experienced the life shattering effects of addiction from both sides, and understands what the addict and family members are going through. Recovery has given her a life of purpose, integrity and honor. Her passion is working in the initial phase of treatment, known as detox. Gina believes that detox is the most vulnerable stage of the recovering process and strives for her clients to gain insight in knowing that “using drugs and alcohol are only symptoms of the problem”.Gina’s strengths are in nurturing and guiding others with her love, hope, and kindness into finding their path to recovery. Gina understands how difficult it is to come to terms with chemical dependency and other addictive disorders and is committed in her efforts to help our clients gain knowledge of this disease.

  • Missy Reasor-Jace
    Case Manager
    Detox Manager
    CADC-II, ICADC
    Missy Reasor-Jace
    Case Manager
    Detox Manager
    CADC-II, ICADC

    Above all, Missy is committed to her personal recovery, which has allowed her the opportunity to be passionate about helping others. Having worked at the Betty Ford Center for five years, she brings her experience working with individuals of many different backgrounds to Northbound. Missy also worked as a substance abuse counselor for state required DUI counseling after earning her CADC in 2013. She is currently working on her BA in psychology/communications, and is excited to see where that will take her. In the five years that she has worked in treatment, she has come to love the work that she gets to do on a daily basis. Missy looks forward to the new challenges and opportunities she knows she will encounter in her new position. Through her personal commitment to spiritual growth, she knows the sky is the limit And in her free time, she enjoys being a mother to her three amazing children.

  • Christina Hernandez
    Health Care Technician
    Christina Hernandez
    Health Care Technician

    Christina Hernandez graduated from CNI college as a LVN in 2014. She jumped at the opportunity to work at Northbound and was enthusiastic to be part of the nurse team at OneEighty detox. She has a very strong passion for sobriety due to a few family members having a history of addiction and seeing how a strong program can help them achieve an amazing and fulfilling life. She is dedicated to seeing the clients at Northbound thrive to their full potential.  Other than her passion for her job, she has a strong passion for music and hockey. Christina’s goal at Northbound is to help each client accomplish our mission in attaining one continuous year of sobriety.

  • Lucy Saenz
    Health Care Technician
    Lucy Saenz
    Health Care Technician

    A native to Southern California, Lucy was born into a family of 7 with three older brothers and one younger sister. She has experienced several years of her life in addiction, loss and recovery with herself, family, and many close friends. Having personal background with addiction and a total of 4 years experience in working with adults with mental health needs. Lucy joined Northbound in February 2015 and has found success and personal reward in helping individuals in this field. Lucy has maintained her Crisis Prevention Intervention certification and licensure as a Vocational Nurse for six years. As she continues to pursue her nursing career, Lucy takes time to enjoy life hiking, camping, taking in California beaches, live music and spending time with family and friends. She takes pride in the small differences she makes in the lives that come through Northbound.

  • Megan Winder
    Health Care Technician
    Megan Winder
    Health Care Technician

    Megan Winder joined the Northbound team in February 2016. Born and raised in Southern California, she attended Stanbridge College for Nursing, graduating with honors. Megan Received her Nursing License in 2015. During her nursing education Megan found her calling in Psychiatry and Substance Use, breaking the Stanbridge ATI testing record in the Psychiatry Unit. Having worked the 12 steps herself in her own personal recovery, she offers another dimension of insight and understanding as a Detox nurse. On her free time, Megan can be found at an alano club, making art, on outdoor adventures, and meditating. Megan’s ultimate goal as a nurse here with Northbound is to experience a new level of personal growth that she can utilize in connecting with, and being of maximum service to our clients on their road to recovery.

  • Wendy Galvan
    Health Care Technician
    Wendy Galvan
    Health Care Technician

    Wendy Galvan joined Northbound on September 2014 as a Detox nurse at 180, a California native Wendy obtained her nursing license in 2012.  Hearing about Northbound from friends Wendy became interested in dual diagnosis and substance abuse.  She has worked alongside the nursing team for the past two years assisting our clients achieve the Northbound mission of celebrating one year of continuous sobriety.  Having only the experience of family members battling with addiction and some personal struggles of her own Wendy has been able to connect and show empathy and compassion to all clients.  Wendy is currently working on her CADAC to gain better understanding and knowledge of the industry and hopes for personal growth. Wendy hopes to continue creating an experience people love and keep growing within the company,  she really feels like she has found her home here at Northbound. Prior to Northbond Wendy worked in Hospice helping patients and family transition through rough stages of their lives. On her free time Wendy likes to spend time with her family and friends and enjoy everything that life has to offer.

  • Stacey Baugh
    Chef-Food Services
    Stacey Baugh
    Chef-Food Services

    Stacey Baugh is Northbound’s Culinary Chef that works in our detox facility at oneEighty. Stacey believes that proper nutrition, healthy eating habits, and of course, some good old fashion home cooking, is a vitla component to sustainable recovery. Stacey receives so many glowing reviews from our clients about how special she made them feel, and how her menu creation for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a few yummy homeback snacks thrown in was exactly what they needed at the most crucial time in their recovery process. Our clients also get a first hand experience on how to prepare food, and healthy ways to cook from one of the best in the culinary business.

  • Jimmy Weiss
    Client Advocacy Manager
    Jimmy Weiss
    Client Advocacy Manager

    Jimmy Weiss arrived at Northbound on March 2nd, 2015 after working at the Betty Ford Center for over thirteen years, eight of which he worked with mentor and friend Mike Neatherton as Betty Ford Center’s Patient Advocate. Jimmy came to Northbound to manage the Client Advocacy department. This position focuses primarily on ACA aversions, pre ACA behavior and day to day client issues, and crisis intervention. Jimmy works with every department in support of our clients, their families and the continuing support of our Alumni.When not working Jimmy enjoys doing fun things with his family including walks to the beach and watching “game of thrones!” , he also enjoys lifting weights, boogy boarding, racquet ball, and supporting his favorite NFL team the Baltimore Ravens!

  • Karifa Fofana
    Client Advocate
    Karifa Fofana
    Client Advocate

    Karifa has over five years of continuous sobriety and brings an unparalleled passion for recovery to his work as a Case Manager within Northbound’s Outpatient Programs. Karifa’s immense compassion for those struggling with addiction and his passion for working in the field of recovery is evident through his daily interactions with clients. Karifa began his journey on the Northbound team as a Client Advocate at the OneEighty detox facility. In his role as a Client Advocate, Karifa was able to show clients a new way of life through sharing his experience, strength and hope. Prior to his clinical work at Northbound, Karifa served as a Committee Member of Charle Street, a local non-profit organization that helps indigent and homelss people recover from alcoholism. In this position, Karifa gained a wealth of experience working in the field of recovery, an environment that will forever remain close to his heart.

  • Heath Miller
    Client Advocate
    Heath Miller
    Client Advocate

    Alumni of Northbound himself, Heath joined the Northbound team in November 2015. Heath started working as a Treatment Technician at the residential properties before transitioning into Client Advocacy at our Detoxification and Observation Facility. Heath specializes in crisis intervention and client care, and is especially passionate about working with dual diagnoses clients. Heath went through the CCAR Recovery Coach training program, and has completed the IC&RC education. Heath spends most of his free time at concerts or at the beach, taking in everything Southern California has to offer.

  • Renee Nedelman
    Client Advocate
    Renee Nedelman
    Client Advocate

    Renee Nedelman joined the Northbound Team in April of 2014, and she is a certified Recovery Coach, per the CCAR recovery coach training program. Renee went through a process of recovery hersellf, and she has been active in her sobriety since May, 2013. She strongly attributes this acheivement by her willingness to gain clinical insgiht from both her treatment process, and her continued work in Alcoholics Anonymous in this local vibrate recovery community. Because of her own recovery process, she believes passionately in the Northbound’s Mission Statement: “To assist our clients in celebrating one year of continuous sobriety”. Renee is driven by her love for people and believes by sharing her experience, strength, and hope on daily basis, that she will be successful in helping others recover from their own substance abuse and mental health issues.

    As a client advocate, Renee’s job duties include developing rapport and trust with each of our clients, providing crisis intervention if the need ever arises to prevent somebody from leaving against clincial advice, and continued ongoing support through the detox stablization and residential levels of clinical care for our clients. Renee also mentors, models, and coaches positive behaviors by planning and participating in a variety of team building adventure based activities with all of our clients such as: kickboxing, nature walks, surfing and other experiential activities. Having fun in sobriety is major component to continued sobriety. As a mother of two beautiful teenage daughters, nurturing comes naturally for Renee, therfore, many of our clients view her as a fun-loving and trustworthy advocate, that genuinely wants all clients to feel supported and cared for.

  • Amanda Abbott
    Client Advocate
    AAS, RADT-I
    Amanda Abbott
    Client Advocate
    AAS, RADT-I

    Amanda Joined Northbound in April 2015. Born and raised in Newport Beach with over 5 years in recovery herself, Amanda has a passion for helping others who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. Amanda started school while in another line of work and found that her real calling in life was to work in the drug and alcohol treatment field.  Amanda graduated from Intercoast College with an Associates in Addiction and just completed her CADAAC internship at Northbound.  Amanda also went through the CCAR Recovery Coach training program and has been able to utilize this training in the field as a recovery coach for Recovery and Wellness Sober living. Amanda is a Client Advocate at Northbound who specializes in client care and crisis intervention.  Her fun-loving personality paired with her zest for recovery makes Amanda an asset to our culture here at Northbound. Her unique skill set provides Northbound clients with hope, safety and fun in their recovery.  Amanda is a dog lover, who enjoys hiking, road trips and hanging out with friends.

  • Rachel Gergen
    Health Care Manager
    Rachel Gergen
    Health Care Manager

    Rachel first began working with Northbound in 2012. She worked for over two years as a nurse at our detox facility, OneEIGHTY. During this time, she gained invaluable experience working with clients undergoing withdrawal from various substances. Rachel now works as the Healthcare Manager, overseeing the Residential Healthcare team to ensure our clients receive continued care throughout their stay in residential treatment. Though the struggle of addiction is not something she can personally empathize with, she has much compassion for those inflicted with the disease of addiction and finds purpose in assisting clients in their road to recovery.

  • Gayle Gomez
    Health Care Liaison
    Gayle Gomez
    Health Care Liaison

    Gayle first begun her career at Northbound in 2011. Gayle Gomez is Northbound’s psychiatric healthcare liaison,  and the direct assistant to Dr. Edward Kaufman. Gayle works directly with our clients by scheduling all psychiatric evaluations, and any follow up reviews and appointments with Northbound’s medical director and staff psychiatrist, Dr. Edward Kaufman. Gayle has years of experience and service working in the substance abuse and mental health field, and worked as a Registered Nurse for over 12 years pearlier on in her career.  All of this great work experience and knowledge gives her an advantage as a trusted and well respected advocate to all of our clients and families.

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