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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.

  • Kevin McCauley leadership team photo
    Kevin McCauley
    Senior Recovery Advisor
    Kevin McCauley leadership team photo
    Kevin McCauley
    Senior Recovery Advisor

    Kevin McCauley, MD graduated from Drexel University Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1992. He entered the United States Navy and received his Naval Flight Surgeon training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida, serving with Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 363 at Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, California and Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 101 at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California.
    From 2009 to 2013, Kevin McCauley was the Director of Le Mont, a sober living/recovery management program in Sandy, Utah, and he was president of the Utah Association of Recovery Residences. At Northbound, Kevin has been working with our clinical team in our monthly four day onsite family program for the past five years, and also concentrating his efforts in performing addiction education, developing clinical program enhancements, and assisting with family support and interventions.
    As Co-Founder of the Institute for Addiction Study, Dr. McCauley wrote and directed two films: “Pleasure Unwoven” about the neuroscience of addiction, and “Memo to Self” about Recovery Management in commercial airline pilots and professionals with substance use disorders. “Pleasure Unwoven” won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    Heather has worked in the field of addiction treatment for 8 years, providing clinical services to adults participating in residential and outpatient services. As the program manager for our Men’s Core Program, she embraces Northbound’s In Vivo® model, developing auditing tools to manage the quality and consistency of clinical care.

    Heather has a deep passion for working with people in recovery. She has played in integral role in developing Northbound’s clinical department, creating an environment that’s conducive for our clients to focus on their sobriety and achieving a sustainable recovery after treatment.

    Heather has previously served on the board of Chemical Dependency Professionals of Washington State (CDPWS), the committee for NAADAC’s national conference and has been published in the Washington State Treatment Update. Heather completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix and is currently working towards her Masters in Clinical Psychology.

  • Kim Martinez
    Women's Program Manager
    MA, MFT
    Kim Martinez
    Women's Program Manager
    MA, MFT

    Kim joined Northbound in March of 2017 as our Women’s Core Program Manager. She has worked in the addiction treatment field for over a decade, having served clinical, operational and administrative roles including Program Director and Regional Director.

    She is a certified Addiction Counselor and received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Baptist University.

    Kim’s passion for helping those struggling with addiction is rooted in her personal experience with going through treatment and being active in her own recovery. When she is not working, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, their four children, and a grandchild.

  • Joanna Filidor
    Trauma Program Manager
    LMFT
    Joanna Filidor
    Trauma Program Manager
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gayle Kaminsky
    Trauma Therapist
    MFT-I
    Gayle Kaminsky
    Trauma 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Balidio
    Therapist
    MS
    Jennifer Balidio
    Therapist
    MS

    Jennifer is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and has been working in the field of addiction and mental health since 2013. Jennifer completed her Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.

    Prior to coming to Northbound, Jennifer worked as a counselor for adolescents struggling with addiction and eating disorders and has experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds. She uses a variety of theoretical approaches to help clients overcome their deep-seated issues, including psychodynamic perspectives, cognitive behavior therapy, and narrative therapy.

    Jennifer is passionate about helping people live their most authentic lives and believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship. In her role as a therapist in Northbound’s Women’s Core program, she believes that women are remarkably resilient and that the strongest women have experienced struggle.

    Jennifer enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and family, cooking, traveling, and crafting.

  • Josh Marshall
    Therapist
    Josh Marshall
    Therapist

    Josh joined the Northbound team in January of 2017. Prior to working in addiction treatment, Josh worked with at-risk youth in Downtown Los Angeles and as a therapist at a community mental health program in West Hollywood. He has also worked as a consultant in developing a mobile application for individuals recovering from addiction.

    Josh earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social behavior from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is currently practicing as a registered BBS Associate Clinical Social Worker

    Josh’s training includes a focus on Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches. Josh focuses on empowering his clients to develop adaptive coping skills, build self-insight, improve relationships, and achieve long-term recovery. When he is not working, Josh enjoys rock climbing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family.

  • Alexandra Martelli
    Therapist
    MS, MFT-I
    Alexandra Martelli
    Therapist
    MS, MFT-I

    Alex joined the Northbound team in May 2017, after working in behavioral healthcare facilities in the Palm Springs area. She has extensive experience working with dual diagnosis patients in the school and treatment setting and brings a strong passion for helping those in recovery to Northbound.

    Alex earned a master’s in Counseling Psychology with the emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California, Irvine.

    Alex’s passion for helping individuals coming into treatment stems from witnessing the progress that’s made when working with individuals through addressing their deep-seated issues during treatment. She does so by utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and emotional regulation to treat common issues involving anxiety, depression, and codependency. Alex has experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Through using these resources, clients are encouraged to continue working on core issues and developing attainable goals for after they discharge.

  • Catherine Gruman
    Therapist
    MA, LMFT
    Catherine Gruman
    Therapist
    MA, LMFT

    Cathy received a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University, North Carolina. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina and California. She is a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).

    Cathy has been working in the field of substance abuse and mental health for the past six years, with individuals and groups in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Cathy integrates family systems with various theories depending on the need of the client. Her passion is to create a safe space for my clients to build a trusting client-therapist relationship creating opportunities to identify what is going on right here right now and move from there. Cathy values the client-therapist relationship in the process of healing. Much of her inspiration and influence comes from Gestalt, Rogers, Adler, and Satir – making connections between family patterns and our sense of selves, connectedness, and taking responsibility for ourselves in the process of change, healing, and discovering more of who we are and how we want to live.

    Cathy enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, hiking, walking and yoga.

  • Ryan Ruiz
    Therapist
    LMFT
    Ryan Ruiz
    Therapist
    LMFT

    Prior to Northbound, Ryan worked with residential patients suffering addiction and broad range of co-occurring disorders. He uses a multi-disciplinary approach using one or a combination of methodologies including but not limited to Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, and CBT.

    Ryan received his bachelors in Psychology and master’s in Counseling from Humboldt State University.

    Ryan’s focus on trauma and “self parenting” (teaching the client how to better guide and take care of themselves) help his clients to feel empowered and confident that they can make the healthy and responsible decisions that carry over after treatment. He prides himself on his ability to understand where the client is coming from and to choose a modality based on what fits for the client.

  • Melissa Hasin
    Therapist
    MS, LMFT
    Melissa Hasin
    Therapist
    MS, LMFT

    Melissa Hasin, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, received her Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton. As an MFT Intern, Melissa was the sole provider of substance abuse education at McFadden Intermediate School in Santa Ana, while also leading group and individual sessions at the Turning Point Center for Families and the WISEPlace Women’s Shelter. Since becoming licensed in 2015, Melissa has worked as a therapist at dual-diagnosis treatment centers, assisting individuals who are recovering from multiple addictions and trauma. In addition to being EMDR trained, Melissa specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapy, mood disorders, mindfulness techniques, and substance abuse. Melissa wholeheartedly believes in creating a safe and compassionate therapeutic space to help her clients recover. During a mindfulness group session, for example, Melissa occasionally improvises musically on the cello to create a peaceful atmosphere for meditation. Melissa believes it is vital to live a balanced life. Apart from Melissa’s professional work as a therapist and cellist, her interests include swimming, bike riding on the boardwalk, and spending leisure time with family.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ernesto Paz
    Case Manager/Therapist
    MFT-I, M.A.
    Ernesto Paz
    Case Manager/Therapist
    MFT-I, M.A.

    Ernesto holds a dual role as a case manager and a Marriage and Family Therapist intern. He joined Northbound in 2016. Ernesto received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University.

    As a strengths-based clinician, Ernesto uses an integrative approach to counseling, utilizing a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Positive Psychology. Ernesto’s primary goal when working with clients and families is to help them develop solutions and the confidence to achieve their personal goals.

    In his spare time, Ernesto enjoys cooking, exercising, outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two children.

  • Kirk Osier
    Case Manager
    BA, CADC-I
    Kirk Osier
    Case Manager
    BA, CADC-I

    Kirk has been working in the field of substance abuse since 2012 before starting at Northbound in early 2017. He is a CCAPP Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.

    Kirk has a passion for helping individuals on their journey through recovery using his personal knowledge of alcoholism and drug abuse. When Kirk is not at work he enjoys hiking, camping, and riding dirt bikes with his family.

  • Rafael Vega
    Case Manager
    MSC, RADT1
    Rafael Vega
    Case Manager
    MSC, RADT1

    Rafael came to Northbound in 2017 with over 10 years of experience working in the behavioral healthcare field. He currently serves as a Clinical Case Manager in our Men’s Core residential program.

    Rafael received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Prior to working in treatment, Rafael previously worked in the field of Communicable Disease Prevention, providing education and awareness to the community in Tucson, Arizona. He felt the need to work more closely with people and refocused his efforts towards the behavioral healthcare field.

    At Northbound, Rafael helps his clients to understand the disease of addiction, develop effective coping skills to prevent relapse and find a sense of purpose. A Tucson native, he enjoys spending time with his family here and traveling back home to visit Arizona.

  • Patrick Lawton
    Case Manager
    MA, CATC-IV
    Patrick Lawton
    Case Manager
    MA, CATC-IV

    Patrick joined Northbound in 2017 as a Case Manager and has been working in the addiction treatment field as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor since 2012. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology from the state University of New York at Brockport.

    Patrick was attracted to Northbound’s mission statement of assisting every client in achieving one year of continuous sobriety. He assists clients with identifying triggers, coping skills, life skills, autonomy, and a new way of life. He believes that exercise is part of a well-rounded recovery plan and is a Certified Personal Trainer who enjoys boxing, hockey, and weightlifting.

  • Karifa Fofana
    Case Manager
    Karifa Fofana
    Case Manager

    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.

  • Kelly Garity
    Case Manager
    Kelly Garity
    Case Manager

    Kelly joined Northbound in July of 2017 as a Women’s Core Therapist and Case manager. She has worked in the mental health field for over a decade across multiple and varied settings including intensive home based, residential, pediatric day treatment, as well as group and private practice.

    She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Rhode Island and has her Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern credential in California. She received her Masters in Human Growth and Development within the Marriage and Family Therapy program from the University of Rhode Island.

    Kelly is passionate about helping women impacted by addiction and codependency recover and heal from the inside out. She draws from her professional experience as well as her own personal recovery, offering creative and holistic tools for rebuilding self-esteem and healthy boundaries. Areas of study and interest include music, poetry/expressive writing, and Yoga/mindful meditation. When she is not working, Kelly enjoys spending time with her two spirited and lively children, who inspire her daily to show up for life with love, grace, and authenticity.

  • 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.

  • Renee Nedelman
    Recovery Support Specialist
    Renee Nedelman
    Recovery Support Specialist

    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.

  • Tony Meiners
    Recovery Support Specialist
    Tony Meiners
    Recovery Support Specialist

    Tony Meiners joined Northbound Treatment Services in July of 2017. As an alumni himself, he has a unique perspective on the ins and outs of Northbound and the recovery world. He strives to cater to each individual’s needs, as he realizes that every single person has a different path to take. Tony believes that one needs to be guided alongside the path of recovery, rather than pulled. He loves working with clients one-on-one, as he finds that this is where the majority of accountability and progress can be made. Originally, Tony attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory, pursuing Classical Piano Performance. However, he soon realized that his passion for helping people to become the best possible versions of themselves is where his heart lies. Tony now seeks to share his knowledge on self-betterment and addiction recovery with all who are willing.

    He is a RADT-certified counselor and is currently working on his BA in Psychology at Maryville University, hoping to eventually receive his Master’s in Social Work and tackle the therapy realm of recovery.

  • 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.

  • Marissa Cheplick
    Academic Coordinator
    Marissa Cheplick
    Academic Coordinator

    Marissa has become an influential figure for young Northbound clients aspiring to achieve specific academic and vocational goals. She herself was a client in the Collegebound program and transferred to Cal State San Marcos to study integrative medicine and global healthcare practices, ultimately graduating with a bachelor’s degree in medical anthropology. Currently Marissa is closing in on completing Level I state certification to be an alcohol and drug counselor. She is also a certified yoga instructor with over 200 hours of curriculum training.

  • 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.

  • Christina Hernandez
    Health Care Technician
    LVN
    Christina Hernandez
    Health Care Technician
    LVN

    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
    LVN
    Lucy Saenz
    Health Care Technician
    LVN

    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
    LVN
    Megan Winder
    Health Care Technician
    LVN

    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
    LVN
    Wendy Galvan
    Health Care Technician
    LVN

    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.

  • Lauren Larrinua
    Health Care Technician
    LVN
    Lauren Larrinua
    Health Care Technician
    LVN

    Lauren Larrinua received her Licensed Vocational Nurse license in 2013 and is currently working towards her Registered Nurse license.

    As part of the nursing team, she has a passion for assisting our clients in achieving Northbound’s mission of celebrating one year of continuous sobriety. Lauren believes in a holistic approach to helping clients and loves seeing the dramatic change that comes with a strong support system and treatment. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures, concerts and anything creative.

  • Heather Beool
    Health Care Technician
    LVN
    Heather Beool
    Health Care Technician
    LVN

    Heather joined Northbound’s oneEIGHTY program in March of 2017. She is passionate about helping those who struggle with addiction and eager to help our clients reach one year of continuous sobriety.

    Heather graduated from the North Orange County Regional Occupational program as an LVN and is currently pursuing her BSN at West Coast University.

    Outside of Northbound, Heather works as a professional photographer for weddings, family pictures and landscape. In her free time, she enjoys spending with her family.

  • Jared Cavish
    Health Care Technician
    LVN
    Jared Cavish
    Health Care Technician
    LVN

    A native of southern California. Jared Cavish graduated from Concorde Career college as a LVN in 2016. Having initially gone to nursing school to work in addiction, Jared jumped at the opportunity to work at Northbound when he heard they were hiring. Jared has a strong passion for sobriety due to most of his close friends struggling with addiction. Seeing the dramatic change a strong program and a good support system made in their lives made an impact on his decision to work at Northbound. He is dedicated to seeing client’s thrive, reach their full potential, and of course to see them accomplish the Northbound goal of one year of continuous sobriety.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Timothy High
    Client Advocate
    Timothy High
    Client Advocate

    Tim joined Northbound in 2016. Tim started working as a treatment technician at the residential properties before moving to detox to be a client advocate. Being in recovery himself, Tim brings a special dynamic to the recovery process that begins in detox. Tim loves watching clients succeed and live a healthy lifestyle while in treatment. In his spare time, Tim volunteers at a local indigenous detox for less fortunate alcoholics who do not have the resources to get and stay sober. Tim has his RAD- T1, and plans to become a case manager and base his life on helping others.

  • 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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