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, LMFT, CHHC
Mental Health Program Director
Lindsey Rae is a Certified Health and Life Coach and a Licensed 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.
Gracie Walker, LMFT
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.
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.
Rodman Walsh, AMFT
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.
Quin’c’allen Jones, ACSW
Quin’c earned his Master’s of Social Work Degree with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Use from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. Quin’c brings with him 6 years of experience working with both adults and adolescents learning to manage both substance use and mental health challenges. His approach to treatment is eclectic and utilizes modalities such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), and strength-based therapy.
Quin’c’s passion for mental health and substance use stems from seeing disparities faced by those of his own community. He saw a need and determined he would equip himself with the tools needed to serve these populations. Empathy and compassion are always at the forefront of the service he provides. When he is not serving these communities, Quin’c enjoys writing music, spending time with family, and basking in the sun at nearest beach.
Caitlin Artiaga, AMFT
Caitlin Artiaga (she/her) is an AMFT with a master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. She is currently working on her doctorate at Alliant, focusing her research on the experiences of the biracial community and their families. Her previous work involves working with marginalized communities, where her passion for social justice was ignited. Caitlin works from an intersectional and culturally sensitive lens that aims to empower the clients at Clear and provide space for healing. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys film photography, fashion, and traveling to new places.
Kayla Norman, AMFT
Kayla is an Associate Marriage and Family therapist and 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.
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.
Isabel Sainz, CADC-1
Isabel is a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor. She is currently enrolled in school to achieve her goal in becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Isabel has been in the treatment industry for 3 years and enjoys helping others. Eventually Isabel would like to become a psychiatrist and work with adolescents and adults.
Fun fact about myself: I grew up around the beach my entire life. I love swimming and anything that involves the water. I love traveling and going to new places I have never been before.
Kris Evans, CADC-1
Lead Detox Case Manager
Kris earned his certificate in alcohol and drug studies at Long Beach College in 2019 and has been working in addiction and mental health since 2014. He began his career working residential and detox for dual diagnosis and has since worked with all demographics including homeless populations, teens and troubled youth, and the formerly incarcerated in both PHP/IOP, residential and prevention.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Virtual Programming
Alex Salman is the Director Virtual Programming at Clear Recovery Center. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Alex is a former clinical researcher at the National Institutes of Health with a diverse professional background as a Director of Education at a sober living community as well as a business development and strategy specialist at a digital health start up.
Alex is passionate about helping others and breaking down the stigma to mental health treatment, specifically as it relates to burnout in the workplace. In his free time Alex enjoys cooking, and spending time with his wife, two dogs, and cat.
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.
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!
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.
Anette is the Marketing Assistant at Clear Recovery Center. She has her B.A in Communication from California State University Channel Islands and aspires to be a Marketing Director one day.
Anette is excited about working in the healthcare industry to help make a difference in people’s lives by sharing resources and spreading awareness about the help that is readily available for those in need.
On her free time, Anette enjoys refurbishing furniture, going on road trips, playing billiards and spending time with her loved ones.