Our team at Clear Recovery Center consists of clinicians, case managers, group facilitators and professionals that genuinely care and connect with our community. Each staff member works collaboratively as a team to create a supportive environment for change and growth.
Dr. Martha Koo, MD
Clinical Director of Outpatient Services & Medical Director of Residential Services
Dr. Martha Koo, MD
Clinical Director of Outpatient Services & Medical Director of Residential Services
Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D., is the Medical Director and Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Koo completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her medical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she earned membership to the AOA and Sigma Xi Society for academic excellence. Dr. Koo obtained her psychiatry residency training at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA and her subsequent psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.
She is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. For over twenty years Dr. Koo has enjoyed her private practice, providing outpatient psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and pharmacological treatment for individuals, couples and families. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the New Center for Psychoanalysis, the Clinical TMS Society, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, the California Psychiatric Society and the Southern California Psychiatric Society.
Reid Hanlon, PsyD
Clinical Director of Residential Services
Dr. Reid Hanlon has spent more than a decade working in the mental health field. His experience providing psychological assessments, psychotherapy, and case management allows him to serve individuals, couples and families who struggle with substance abuse or mental health issues.
Known for being direct, authentic and deeply compassionate, Dr. Hanlon seeks to help break the dysfunctional behavior patterns that prevent people from becoming the individuals they are meant to be. Dr. Hanlon lives in the South Bay of Los Angeles with his wife and two young boys. He also had private practice offices located both in Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach.
Jamie Arthur, CATC, CADC-II
Dual Diagnosis & Residential Services Program Director
Jamie Arthur is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor with five years of experience in substance abuse treatment. Prior to her time at Clear, Jamie was a counselor and program coordinator at a structured sober living for women with children.
She has also worked at an IOP facility that serves adolescents and adults.
Driven by her personal experience of getting sober with four young children at home, Jamie has dedicated the last few years of her life to guiding women to live a healthy lifestyle free from alcohol and drugs. Her personal experience, her strong belief in the 12-step model of recovery and her passion for helping others reconnect with their families make her an incredible asset to the Clear family.
Lindsey Rae Ackerman, AMFT, CHHC
Mental Health Program Director
Lindsey Rae is a Certified Health and Life Coach and an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, she has also completed a specialized study in Addiction and Eating Disorders at The Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.
An ever-evolving student and teacher who’s compassionately driven journey to healing her own trauma led to a dynamic career in the pursuit of helping others. Combining years of interpersonal-organizational management and creative visual merchandising experience with personal therapeutic endeavors, spiritual studies, and professional training in a number of healing modalities, Lindsey Rae creates a unique environment for her client’s transformational healing.
She is committed to gently challenging individuals to drop beneath the surface level chaos of the self-help and wellness world to focus on the real (inner) work. Guiding them along the path and encouraging them to cultivate more depth and beauty in their life while reminding them of their collective responsibility and connection to one another.
Nicole Gabbay, AMFT
Young Adult Program Director
Niki Gabbay serves as a Program Director at Clear Recovery Center and has in BA majoring in Psychology and minoring in Addiction Studies. Niki is also an AMFT who received her Masters through Antioch University. Niki has over seven years of experience working with both adolescents and adults and has been a part of the recovery community for over 8 years.
She specializes in helping others achieve an enjoyable and impactful life through creating a safe space to open up about one’s struggles. Her first hand experience and in-depth knowledge regarding the needs of adolescents and adults are what the clients appreciate most about her. Niki often times asks her individual client’s to bring a picture of themselves as a child and speak to their inner child in the ways they feel they did not receive. Niki believes in personal responsibility, awareness, and humility in order to grow. She feels an overwhelming amount of gratitude for being given the opportunity to aid people in their life struggles and spends her free time studying poetry under the Persian poet Rumi. She also spends time with her emotional support dog Rudy, who brings her immense joy. She also has a bearded dragon named Jessica who lays on her chest while she is reading and writing papers for school. Niki’s compassionate energy and spiritual nature are her most distinctive qualities in uncovering your one’s true self and believing that each individual holds beauty and uniqueness underneath the vale of their struggles.
Gracie Walker, AMFT
Teen Program Director
Gracie Walker is the Teen Program Director at Clear Recovery Center. She is a Marriage & Family Therapist who received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Addiction & Recovery’ from Antioch University.
Gracie has experience working with clients who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and personality disorders. Gracie is especially interested in the correlation between trauma and addiction and is currently furthering her education on the topic by pursuing licensure in EMDR therapy.
Dr. Timothy Norcoss, DO
Dr. Timothy Norcross, MD is a Family Medicine Specialist in Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA and has over 16 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Western University Of Health Sciences/College Of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific, Western University Of Health Sciences medical school in 2004.
Dr. Tim and is a Board Certified by The American Board of Family Medicine. He has also completed a three year residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
He is a founding member and member of Board of Directors for American College of Private Physicians, Member of Bio-Ethics Committee at TMMC, Member of Integrative Medicine Committee TMMC, and a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner.
Dr. Norcross has also been involved with treating alcohol and drug addiction for the past 12 years.
Dr. Jennifer Roberts, MD
Dr. Jennifer Roberts is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in treating young adults, adolescents, mothers, and those who suffer with depression, anxiety, in relationships, and working through trauma. She embraces a holistic approach, and believes that every patient benefits from psychotherapy and mindfulness, in addition to pharmaceutical treatment. She enjoys helping her patients in creative ways, including walking sessions, yoga practice, guided meditations, and using written exercises and art when appropriate.
Dr. Roberts grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated college from UC Santa Cruz. She began her research career at Children’s Hospital in Oakland and earned her medical degree at the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, where in addition to working with diverse populations and gaining expertise in psychopharmacology, she excelled in psychotherapy, including expert training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She also completed training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Cedars¬ Sinai Medical Center, and in using evidence¬-based complementary medicine with the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.
Dr. Roberts has presented research internationally, and enjoyed teaching medical students and residents as adjunct faculty at USC Keck School of Medicine. In addition to building her private practice, she has worked as acting Medical Director of Clearview Women’s Center, a residential DBT program in Los Angeles, and of Newport Academy, a dual diagnosis residential treatment program for adolescents in Northern California.
Along with extensive expertise and a high level of commitment, what sets Dr. Roberts apart from her colleagues is her warm relaxed demeanor and accessibility, which contributes to the wellbeing of her patients. She prefers to work collaboratively, and sees each person as the unique individual that they are, with special gifts and struggles that require personalized care plans. Dr. Roberts truly wants you to enjoy your visits and your treatment.
China Vangsness, LMFT
China earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and has extensive experience working with teens, adults, couples and families. She began her career helping juvenile inmates and has worked with clients challenged by PTSD, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, disordered eating, sexual orientation, and gender identification.
Spending over 11 years in the addiction field, she has immense experience with the 12-step recovery model. She has been a clinical director for multiple treatment centers, at the detox, residential, and PHP/IOP level of care. It is her belief that through the identification and retelling of individual stories, problems can be transformed. When insight is gained through therapy, people can begin to change their thinking and behavior.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” Maya Angelou
Diane Bagatourian, LMFT
Diane received her Master of Science Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from California State University, Dominquez Hills.
She is a member of the California Association of Marital and Family Therapists. Diane has over 14 years of experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, families, couples and children in the South Bay.
Diane is passionate about her work and feels proud to work for an outpatient facility that is dedicated to recovery, integrity and family. In her spare time, Diane enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending theater and music events and broadening her cultural experience.
Kristina Cleland, LMFT
Kristina earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from San Diego State University and Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from USC. She has extensive experience with adolescents, adults, families and groups in the outpatient treatment setting working with co-occurring disorders such as addiction and mental health.
Kristina has worked as a therapist in the private practice setting in Hermosa Beach, CA with adolescents, teens, adults, and families struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and addiction. Kristina’s passion is to work with individuals struggling with addiction, and the underlying issues that drive the addiction. She utilize a variety of therapy approaches depending on the clients’ needs such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, person-centered, and mindfulness.
Rodman Walsh, LMFT
Rodman holds a masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. He previously worked at the Antioch University Counseling Center for Mental Health. He is passionate about treating those seeking dual diagnosis care to best support clients grow and work through their mental health considerations while achieving their sobriety goals. His training and education includes psychodynamic theory, trauma, and spiritual and depth psychology. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA.
Lane Janger, AMFT, APCC
Lane Janger, AMFT & APCC, is a filmmaker turned therapist. He received his MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles where he proposed and helped found Antioch Community Therapy Services (ACTS) which now has over 100 therapists providing cost-free therapy to over 500 clients.
Lane’s primary focus has been working with teenagers and adults challenged with addiction and co-occurring disorders. In addition to his work at ACTS he also has worked with individuals, groups, and families at Beit T’Shuvah, a 150-bed residential addiction treatment center in Culver City.
Lane previously received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in filmmaking from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Lane resides in Los Angeles with his 20-year-old twins and loves nature, sporting activities, film, theatre, television, and milkshakes.
Melissa Olmedo, MA, APCC, R-DMT
Melissa received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Dance/Movement therapy from Lesley University. Melissa is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and registered Dance/Movement Therapist recognizing the mind and body connection to healing. She is passionate about bringing the spirit of dance and movement into the therapeutic space inviting those to explore, grow, and expand their emotional and movement repertoires. Melissa is originally from Orange County, CA and finished her mental health education in Boston, MA working in psychiatric inpatient care and community day treatment for adults with severe mental illness. Prior to her training in Boston, Melissa lived and worked professionally in New York City for 10 years continuing to dance and train at Alvin Ailey, Mark Morris, and Joffrey Ballet. Melissa is interested in holistic wellness, creative dance and Authentic Movement, and tai chi. She is a candidate for her professional clinical counseling license.
Michael Coulter, AMFT
Mike serves as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Clear Recovery Center. His firsthand experience and in-depth knowledge of recovery make him a valuable contributor to the Clear Recovery Center Team.
Mike trained psychodynamically for 2 years at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills. His compassion, professionalism and personal drive make him an exemplary role model.
Mike holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, children and dogs as well as cycling and golf.
Alicia Molina, CADC-1
Alicia Molina was one of the original team members of Clear Recovery Center. She is a certified counselor that is passionate about recovery. She is currently the lead counselor at the residential center. Alicia has worked with teens, men, women and mental health clients and found that the Clear model of recovery works for everyone who is interested in living a healthy lifestyle. She takes a real interest in learning about a clients background, building rapport, assessing their immediate needs, building a relationship with them and their family, all while meeting the client where they are at. She believes that identifying the problem and living in the solution is key.
Kevin Sousa, LMFT
A lifetime of mentoring, coaching and teaching has led to Kevin work of assisting people through the rigidity and/or chaos of life. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Ocean Therapist, Program Director of Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, Clinical Director at The Promises Foundation’s Miriam’s House, Group Therapy Facilitator at Clear Recovery and Doctoral Candidate in Depth Psychotherapy he continues forward on a spiritual path toward growth and exploration of psyche, soul, and self.
He works and act as a conduit for my clients as they search within to uncover the answers that they have suppressed due to the pain of past experiences as well as the simple stresses of everyday life. Together they seek out who they are and where they want to go, how to matter in this world. The work intrinsically leads toward understanding and love of self and in turn life.
His days are spent in private practice, studying, surfing, writing, working as a professional musician and giving back freely to his community that has given him so much.
Irina Jodzio, LMFT
Irina Jodzio is a group facilitator at Clear Recovery Center. With her extensive experience and background working with a variety of demographics and her years spent as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she brings an incredible perspective and knowledge to helping clients transform their lives.
Alexander McBean, MA
Alexander has two valid teaching credentials in the state of California, his B.S in Communications from Butler University and has his M.A in special education K-12 from Cal State Dominguez Hills. He has experience with the youth due to his 21 years of teaching in Torrance USD, working with middle school, high school, and alternative school students. He enjoys helping students stay organized to achieve their potential in school while focusing on desired post-secondary objectives. When he’s not helping his students he’s enjoying family time at home riding a unicycle and juggling.
Jamie Horgan, RADT
Jamie is Clear Recovery Center’s in-house Yoga + Mindfulness teacher. Jamie started practicing Yoga just out of high school to help relieve anxiety and has been in love with Yoga ever since.
Yoga has been an instrumental part of Jamie’s own recovery and she is passionate about sharing the benefits of this ancient practice. She truly believes that if you bring about mindful attention to your Yoga practice, you can fully receive all of its benefits.
Jamie has been teaching since 2006, and has since accumulated thousands of hours of certifications in different areas of Yoga including: Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, Yoga Therapy, Yoga for athletes, pre + post natal, Yoga for the spine, Yoga biomechanics, Yoga for injuries, meditation, Yin, restorative, Yoga for trauma + recovery, and many other mindfulness courses. Jamie has also led many Yoga teacher trainings that certify people to teach Yoga, has traveled internationally teaching Yoga, held international Yoga retreats and Yoga workshops.
In Jamie’s free time, she is very active in the animal rescue industry. She fosters kittens, cats, puppies and dogs year round. Jamie is a devout vegan, and very passionate about exercise, mindfulness, and nutrition as all being a part of ones’ overall health; not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.
Donovan Akita, LMFT
Donovan holds a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in Spiritual Psychology, is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist for 12 years and has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years, specifically within the focus of attachment, trauma, mindfulness and addiction. He is trained in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Sand Tray and Group Process to name a few modalities. He tries to operate under the question of “what if we were souls having a human experience?”, and bases his work on the neuroscience that teaches us that the formation of new neurons and neural pathways will continue throughout peoples entire lives, and that these changes and developments are both affected by and affect the body, mind and spirit. Donovan was born and raised in Southern California, but is of Hawaiian ancestry and spent his summers with family on the island of Kauai during his childhood. In his spare time he loves riding motorcycles and his daily driver is a Ducati Hyperstrada 939.
David Romero, MBA, RADT
David Romero (CYT – 700hrs) is a Lecturer of Yoga and Stress Management at the University of Southern California and the owner of The Yogi DR™; a multi-faceted private practice focusing on yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and sound/vibrational healing. David believes in establishing and maintaining a wholly balanced life – rooted in mindfulness, awareness, and presence. David graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He was a Program Manager and Acquisition Officer on several Space Launch Satellite Programs for the U.S. Air Force. In 2008, David resigned his commission as a Captain to pursue a career in medicine and medical device sales. David began working for St. Jude Medical, Inc., assisting physicians with the implantation of neuromodulation devices. Along the way, David discovered his passion for patient care and their support, in return holding space for them to regain a better quality of life. Using his background in Orthopedic Spine and Pain Management, David felt an even stronger calling to develop a practice focused on the health and wellness of patients and clients through yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and sound therapy.
Lauren Jarema is a trauma-informed breathwork facilitator who strives to create a safe space for clients to heal using the power of their breath. She is certified in breathwork by David Elliott and studied counseling at the Training Institute of Addiction Counseling.
Ron White, RADT
Ronald White has been working in recovery since 1986 and has created his own workshop that he’s been running since 1986, called the “Never Too Early Big Book Workshop”. He has been a circuit speaker spreading his experience strength and hope and helping people in recovery has been Ron’s passion for many years. Ron also runs a support group for individuals who have been deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Maurice Weise, RADT
Lead Case Manager
Maurice is a Case Manager with Clear Recovery Center. Using the knowledge he has gained from both his personal experience in recovery and from the individuals he’s worked with along the way, he is dedicated to helping others find new ways of living. Through his own journey he has seen firsthand how his own recovery has opened the door for his family’s healing process, and is passionate about bringing the same sense of peace to other families. In his spare time he enjoys making music with his friends, skateboarding, and altering and designing clothes.
Madison Maynes, MFTT, RADT
Madi is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee currently wrapping up her Master’s Degree in the Trauma Specialization Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University. In her clinical work as a Case Manager at Clear Recovery Center, Madi incorporates her lived experience and personal recovery journey to assist clients in appreciating and honoring the power of choice, community, and vigorous honesty. Rooted in social justice and advocacy, Madi acknowledges the multitude of complexities that come with the human condition and the various systemic barriers, traumas, and life stressors that can impact individual development and perpetuate suffering. Madi collaborates with clients and creatively explores ways for them to fully embody their strengths and apply them harmoniously to heal emotional wounds that have kept them from fully participating in their lives. Using humor, authenticity, and unwavering compassion, Madi approaches healing and recovery from a place of empowered vulnerability. Using truth without judgment, Madi cultivates a safe space for clients to diligently foster an inner knowing that speaking their truth while allowing themselves to be fully seen can be a paramount component in their work to gain and maintain an authentic and sustainable connection to self and others.
As a previous executive board member for Project HEAL, Madi has extensive knowledge and personal experience in working with individuals seeking to heal their relationship with food, body, and movement. Additionally, she has completed specialized course trainings and has clinical certifications for Psychological First Aid, in addition to Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response. Lastly, Madi has previous experience working in addiction treatment settings and possesses the ability to amplify opportune moments for clients to delve deeper into self-exploration and wholehearted personal development by providing a comprehensive human-centered approach tailored to the individual needs of each person.
Peter Ehrenfreid, RADT
Peter is a Case Manager at Clear Recovery Center. His experience with addiction and recovery inspires Peter to help clients build new lives for themselves in sobriety. He is currently working towards his CADC-I.
Peter is dedicated to passing the gift of recovery to those in need, and having the opportunity to guide clients at Clear with their sobriety, relationships, and emotional stability motivates him.
Peter’s strong foundation in the 12-step model of recovery and aptitude for helping others make him a valuable addition to the Clear Recovery team. He feels fortunate for the opportunity to work with clients and is eager to give away what he has gained from his own experience in sobriety. In his free time, Peter enjoys exercise, playing sports, and spending time with family.
Sarah McGuire, MFTT, RADT
Sarah McGuire is an MFTT who is finishing up her Masters degree to become a therapist. She is passionate about working with clients and helping them along their journey to recovery, and loves being a part of the Clear Recovery Center team.
Thomas Hoffman, RADT
Thomas is a Case Manager currently working towards his CADC. Thomas has been apart of the Los Angeles recovery community for over 9 years and enjoys assisting newly sober individuals find freedom from addiction the way he has. Aside from work, Thomas insists on enjoying life through surfing, exercise and spending quality time with friends and family.
Caroline Bernstein, MFTT, RADT
Caroline Bernstein is a Case Manager at Clear Recovery Center. Caroline works with clients at the dual diagnosis track as well as the teen track. Caroline is just finishing her Masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy and is 5 years sober. Caroline’s experience in recovery leads her to pursue her degree and have a passion for helping others in their healing journeys.
Kayla Norman, MFTT, RADT
Kayla is currently finishing her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Depth Psychology from Antioch University. She has worked professionally for leading mindfulness non-profits and is passionate about the mind body connection. Along with being a certified Primordial Sound Meditation instructor, Kayla brings an intuitive and unique approach to therapy.
Her compassion and deep empathy guide her professional approach bringing issues into focus with a trauma-informed, person-centered perspective. Kayla encourages her clients to take an active role in their journey towards healing and believes strongly in the power of accountability. She develops a unique approach for each individual client to tailor a plan that fits their specific needs and goals.
Kayla is originally from San Diego, California, and completed her TK degree from UC Boulder. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, snowboarding, surfing and listening to engaging podcasts surrounding mental health. And the occasional serial killer documentary.
Isabel Sainz, RADT
Isabel has her RADT-1 certification. She is currently attending Long Beach City College to obtain her CADAAC and complete her AA in Psychology. She worked at Newport Beach Recovery Center for a year before coming to Clear Recovery Center.
At NBRC she worked in the detox as a detox technician/ case manager, her job description was to facilitate groups and have support clients. She also completed intakes and communicated with doctors to make sure that their orders were being met throughout the detox for the client. What inspires her to work in treatment is her need for wanting to help others that are struggling with addiction and mental health.
Eventually she would like to become a psychiatrist and work with adolescents and adults. Fun fact about her, she grew up around the beach her entire life, loves swimming and anything that involves the water. She also loves traveling and going to new places she has never been before.
Brooke Bauer, RADT
Brooke is a certified RAD-T case manager and is currently in school working towards her degree in psychology. Prior to working for clear Brooke was a mechanic. Brooke is very compassionate and dedicated to helping others through their journey in recovery. Brooke Loves traveling, spending time at the beach, and reading.
Kyle Gillies, RADT
Kyle Gillies began working in the recovery field this past year and is excited to be able to give back to his sober community and help others. Kyle went through the Miracle House Foundation in 2018 and has spent the past two years working on building a sober community and giving back to the programs that helped him in his recovery. Kyle is RAD-T certified and is currently enrolled in school for addiction counseling. Kyle is grateful to be able to give others the tools he was given to help them recover from mental health and substance abuse problems.
Karissa DeLaunay, RADT, CNA
Karissa has been working in the recovery field since 2018. She has her own experience with addiction and recovery and has a very caring approach towards clients. Her goals are to move up to eventually be a therapist once completing schooling. Karissa enjoys going to the park and the beach with her dog in her free time and has a very positive outlook on life. Karissa strives to help clients with their own personal issues as well as recovery and really enjoys seeing the growth in an individual.
Brandon Kirschner, RADT, CNA
Brandon is a Case Manager with Clear Recovery Center. Using his experience in recovery, he is able to provide what he believes to be the best care. He is excited to help others start their path in recovery and watch them succeed and taking back their lives. In his off time he enjoys hiking, backpacking, working out, watching films, and relaxing.
Erin Truppa, RADT
Erin Truppa is excited to be a Case Manager at Clear Recovery Center. Passionate about helping others achieve sobriety, Erin uses experience from her own journey to inspire and empathize with others. Having gone through a structured program herself, she understands and stresses the importance of support, accountability & love in developing long term sobriety. Erin is hoping to bring her zest for music, outdoors & art into her career as a treatment tech.
Dominic Rabasco, RADT
Dominic works with Clear Recovery Center as a Case Manager. His dedication for recovery helps him pass down a unique message to young adults. He is thrilled about this opportunity to help others and he looks forward to creating an exciting environment surrounded by sobriety.
Matthew Hausman, RADT
Matthew serves as a Case Manager and has extensive experience working with adolescents who struggle with addiction and mental health issues. Matthew got sober at 17 and has years of personal experience working with alcoholics and drug addicts. His youth allows hims to drive a strong message that recovery is possible at any age. Matthew is currently enrolled at Santa Monica community college and has a RADT certification. Matthew enjoys biking, long distance running, and basketball in his free time.
Dillon Norton, RADT
Dillon serves as a Case Manager for Clear Recovery Center. His practical experience and working knowledge of recovery makes him an effective asset to the Clear Recovery Center Team.
Dillon has over a year of experience working with alcoholics. His commitment to personal growth, empathy, and especially helping others makes him a great mentor.
Dillon has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Some of his interests include: surfing, golfing, and exercising.
Ashraf “Ash” Abdelkarim, RADT
Ash is a case manager with Clear Recovery Center who is working towards his CADC-I certification in the addiction studies from West Los Angeles College. Ash has a strong desire to further his education and help others. He has been sober for over five years now and is passionate in supporting others struggling with alcoholism and other forms of addiction.
Ash uses strong empathy and transparent personal recovery experiences when supporting and training others. Through much trial & error, he has learned how to mend personal and family relationships, and reignited the rebuilding process in his life. Ash is excited about guiding others in reconstructing their own healing process and being a catalyst in driving change for good.
During his spare time, Ash uses those moments to spend quality time with his family and close friends, stimulating his physical & mental health, and reading books and articles across numerous topics.
Piper Hays, RADT
Piper Hays is both a Technician and a Case Manager for Clear Recovery Center. She has been sober for over 2 years and thoroughly enjoys passing the gift of recovery to those in need.
Piper is hoping to grow with Clear so she can help all those who walk through the door. Piper’s passion for recovery is based from her own experience of working a 12 step program, sponsoring women around Los Angeles, and being active in her recovery community.
Piper’s favorite way to be of service is through music and travel. She plays multiple instruments, writes, sings, and performs and loves sharing the gift of music and making people smile. Piper also loves taking people on day trips to hot springs and different spots in nature to connect and get out of their comfort zone.
Jason Bernstein, RADT, MFTT
Jason is a marriage and family therapist trainee and case manager at Clear Recovery Center. Jason is finishing his Masters Degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in addiction and recovery at Antioch University Los Angeles. Jason primarily works with clients at the dual diagnosis track.
Jason is in recovery from drug addiction and has a passion for helping clients navigate their own recovery journeys. Through his own personal experience, Jason knows the transformational healing that is possible and hopes to be a guiding light. Jason is particularly interested in the relationship between trauma and addiction.
Jason is from Philadelphia, PA and received his B.A. from the University of Delaware, where he was on scholarship for golf. Jason enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and one and half year-old labradoodle named Kaia.
Sara Ghassemy, M.A.
Director of Admissions
Sara has over 5 years of experience working directly with individuals struggling with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness. Sara is a graduate from Pepperdine University with her Masters in Clinical Psychology and a secondary degree in Advanced Addiction Studies. Sara’s work experience has been centered in the psychiatric hospitals, facilitating the transition of care for patients struggling with substance use into residential treatment. She is skilled in motivational interviewing, admissions/assessment, and navigating clients into clinically appropriate treatment.
Sara has been inspired to work in the mental health and recovery field through her innate passion to care and advocate for others that cannot do so for themselves. She is a firm believer that breaking the stigma of addiction through compassion and empathy will save and transform many lives through the process of recovery.
In her off time , Sara focuses on her own recovery through intense physical activity and outdoor hobbies. Hiking, backpacking, surfing, rock climbing, and running are among the few activities she is immensely passionate about.
Howard Barker works to engage, educate, and support the South Bay community for Clear Recovery Center. He is focused on spreading education and awareness on issues surrounding mental health and substance abuse as well as helping families navigate the difficult waters of getting a loved one help. Howard has spent the past 7 years working with young adults and their families, being a support during times of crisis.
Emily Pedersen, MPH, M.S.Ed.
Emily Pedersen holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Master of Public Health degree with a certificate in health inequities from Johns Hopkins University.
As a former educator with a strong professional background in public health research, Emily has extensive experience partnering with communities to improve health and educational outcomes. She has served as a teacher, team-lead and professional curriculum developer for Baltimore City Public Schools as well as a senior research coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Department of Epidemiology and is passionate about connecting great providers in the behavioral health space.
Michael Joly is the CEO of Clear Recovery Center, with over 20 years of experience in addiction and mental health recovery. Mike has devoted his entire career to helping individuals and their families heal and recover from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
His passion for recovery is unparalleled. He has built a wealth of knowledge and experience that translates across many disciplines.
Michael is actively involved in bringing community awareness to living a positive and healthy lifestyle by working as a substance abuse and prevention consultant to various educational and healthcare systems. His expertise has provided him guest appearances in major media outlets throughout the United States. Michael is also a prominent figure in the South Bay recovery community. He is heavily involved with numerous non-profits and gives back through a variety of impactful organizations. Michael’s experience and love of helping others allow him to bring his own unique brand of passion, enthusiasm and warmth to prospective clients and their families.
Basel Shadfan, AMFT
Director of Operations
Basel serves as Director of Operations at Clear Recovery Center. His firsthand experience and in-depth knowledge of recovery make him a valuable contribution to the Clear Recovery Center Team.
Basel has over seven years of experience working with both adolescents and young adults in addiction recovery. His compassion, professionalism and personal drive make him an exemplary role model.
Basel holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. In his spare time, Basel enjoys snowboarding, exercise, hiking and spending time at the beach.
Amber Jones, R.A.C.
Before joining Clear Recovery Center, Amber spent 14 years as a standout in the hospitality industry. Amber has always possessed an empathetic touch with those around her, and her own experience in recovery, along with her attentive qualities, has formed into a natural catalyst that inspires her to help others with their own recovery.
In her free time, Amber is devoted to yoga, reading, volunteering, and anything involving self-growth. She spends her free time in the sun and loves living near the beach.
Ryan Bursik, CADC-I
Ryan has been working in the field of recovery for the past few years, including time spent managing and directing a sober living home.
Ryan has a passion for helping others and utilizing his experience to guide clients by serving as a peer counselor to them. In his free time he enjoys going to the beach, hiking and bike riding.
Scott McFarland, B.A.
Scott McFarland graduated with a B.S. in finance from San Diego State University. He loves using his skills to support the team at Clear Recovery Center. He has overcome his own struggles with addiction and as an individual in recovery is passionate about helping others to achieve the same outcome through his work. In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors and with family.
Rob serves as one of the Outreach Coordinators for Clear Recovery Center. His personal experience in the field of mental health and recovery is what drives his passion towards helping others succeed in their own recovery process. Rob has worked in the mental health and recovery field for over 4 years where he gained the knowledge and experience to be effective in connecting with others in the field. In his free time he enjoys golfing and hanging out with his dog noodle!
Austin is an outreach coordinator with a passion for recovery. He enjoys a position on the administrative team where the connections he makes allow clients to find their way on a path to recovery. As someone in recovery himself, and a Clear Alumni, he has 5 years of continuous sobriety.
In his free time he enjoys staying active at the gym, laying out at the beach, and reading a good book!
Jen Maruyama RADT
Administrative Assistant/Front Desk
Jenn enjoys being outdoors and hanging out with friends. She wants to help people at their most dire points in life. She finds fulfilment in helping others. She loves the opportunity she gets to support an amazing team.
Rebecca “Becca” Wasden RADT
Administrative Assistant/ Front Desk
Becca functions as the Front Desk associate at Clear Recovery Center. As a former client, her firsthand experience with the program makes her a valuable asset to the team.
Becca holds an Associate Degree in Sociology from Santa Barbara City College and is currently studying undergrad at San Francisco State University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in the same field. In her spare time, she likes to read, go to concerts, go to the beach, and laugh with friends.