Meet our dedicated staff members.
The dynamic staff 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. Sean O’Hara PsyD, NCAC I, SAP
Dr. Sean O’Hara is a Licensed Psychologist with 26 years of experience providing psychiatric services for individuals seeking relief from addictive diseases and mental illness.
He utilizes cognitive, psychodynamic, and behavioral existential therapies to treat individuals with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. As Clear Recovery Center’s Clinical Director, Dr. Sean O’Hara spearheads a multidisciplinary staff of psychiatrists, therapists, clinical social workers, and certified counselors.
Dr. O’Hara served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Addiction Specialists and the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for nine years. Dr. O’Hara has experience working with a diverse population of corporations, athletes in collegiate and national sports associations as well as celebrities in the entertainment industry. A pundit for sober living, Dr. O’Hara is dedicated to advancing clinical practices for sustainable relief from addiction and mental illness.
Dr. O’Hara enjoys live music, surfing, traveling, and all that Southern California has to offer.
Dr. Martha Koo, M.D.
Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D., a graduate of Princeton University and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, completed her psychiatry residency training at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute and her psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.
She is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and has over 20 years of experience providing psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and pharmaceutical treatment for individuals and families.
Basel Shadfan, AMFT
Basel serves as Program Director 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.
Jamie Arthur, CATC, CADC-I
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.
Gayle Dargel, AMFT
Gayle Dargel M.A., AMFT attended Whittier College for her undergraduate degree where she studied neuropsychology and child development. Gayle later moved to work with children with autism, providing in-home parent coaching and floor time attachment-based play therapy to families and children of the ASD population. While attending Hope International University as a master’s student of clinical psychology she earned her induction to the Delta Kappa Honors society RHO chapter for academic achievement.
Gayle transitioned to the private practice setting where she gained training in EMDR. After obtaining her clinical practicum hours she worked at a psychiatric hospital treating patients for two years with chronic and acute mental illness. For the past 4 years she has worked with children, families, couples and individuals in various settings and continues to carry a high standard of care to all her clients.
Her theoretical approach includes EMDR, attachment and client centered therapy. “I see myself as a watchful guide into deeper parts of themselves that they have suppressed. My ultimate goal in therapy is to encourage the true and real aspects of their personality to radiate from them, no longer hidden by symptoms and addiction. Of course this is something that requires time, courage and endurance however at the end of the day they are on a journey of self discovery and self love.”
Grant Overmire, AMFT
Grant obtained his undergraduate and graduate degree in psychology from Cal State Northridge. He is currently an AMFT working towards licensure. He has worked in mental health treatment for 8 years and has specialized in substance abuse. He has a strong knowledge base in 12 step recovery, as well as life skills and fitness. He feels that mental health and substance abuse issues are finally getting the recognition they deserve and is excited to work on the front lines treating those who need help.
For fun Grant enjoys getting in the ocean, watching movies and finding new restaurants around LA. He is also a licensed skydiver and certified master diver.
Reid Hanlon, PsyD
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.
Gracie Walker, AMFT
Gracie Walker is a Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee 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.
Brian Lutz, LMFT
Brian earned his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. He is an alumni and graduate of Clear’s outpatient program. After personally experiencing what the program has to offer and realizing the impact that it had on his life, Brian is eager to help others in their recovery.
Brian’s areas of strength include working with chronic illness, substance abuse, and helping people who are struggling with relationship and family issues. Additionally he focuses on helping people to identify and work through their unique areas of struggle in order to achieve their optical performance. Brian believes that by increasing awareness of specific areas of struggle, incorporating new perspectives and integrating new experiences, people can become more flexible and have more productive responses to life’s challenges. Born and raise din the South Bay, Brian is excited for the opportunity to help his local community to live more meaningful, productive and fulfilling lives.
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.
Evan Papadakis, LCSW
Evan Papadakis is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Masters in Social Work. At Clear Recovery Center, Evan creates individualized treatment plans for adolescent clients ranging from recovery goals to life aspirations, by encouraging daily discipline and continual self-reflection to help clients achieve success.
His primary practice is Gestalt therapy, an existential and experiential form of psychotherapy. He emphasizes personal responsibility, a therapist–client relationship and environmental and social contexts of the client’s life in the recovery process.
Born and raised in South Bay, Evan offers valuable experience with the youths’ challenges, such as balancing academics, social pressures and family relationships. Evan is also highly specialized in school intervention for at-risk teens with 5 years of dedication to the South Bay youth community, counseling 1st to 12th grade students. Evan intuitively understands how to approach, mentor and inspire troubled youth.
Cody Gauthier, ASW
Cody is an ASW #86118 who provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults. He specializes in treating adjustment difficulties, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and trauma. Cody has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and families across 3 different states since becoming a clinician.
He also specializes in substance use treatment, and has vast experience working with children, teens, and young adults in inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment. His goals are not only in support of the child, but in alignment with the whole family and their recovery. Cody’s passion for this works comes from the myriad of supportive mentors in his life that have instilled values related to the helping profession.
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.
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.
Alexander McBean, M.A.
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.
Anne has been teaching yoga since 2009. Trained in the vinyasa modality of yoga, Anne brings all sorts of aspects of the yogic lifestyle into her practice to strengthen mind and body in an equal and balanced way. Using mindfulness and meditation in a variety of ways, Anne helps each student to find something within the practice that they enjoy and will take with them to use as a tool for many years to come.
Lindsey Rae Ackerman, MFTT, CHHC, RADT
Lindsey Rae is a Certified Health and Life Coach and a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee currently finishing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University. She has also completed a specialized course for 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 design, personal development, and wellness all through a spiritual lens.
Combining years of interpersonal-organizational management and creative visual merchandising experience with personal therapeutic endeavors, spiritual studies, and professional training in a number of holistic healing modalities, Lindsey creates a unique environment for her client’s transformational healing journey.
Offering an inspiring blend of coaching, mentoring, and counseling she supports courageous humans in what she likes to call “self-directed evolution.”
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.
Sebastian Martin, RADT
Sebastian has been working in drug and alcohol treatment for the past 5 years and has a passion for assisting people as they work through areas of life similar to the ones that he has struggled with. Before joining the team at Clear Recovery Center, Sebastian was a program director for New Life House East.
Sebastian is currently attending school, and is RAD-T certified. Sebastian takes pride in having the opportunity to help and assist individuals who are struggling with mental health, and or substance abuse.
Austin Short, RADT
Austin has been working in this field for over a year ranging from teens to adults. Working in recovery has always been something he wanted to do partially because he went through similar struggles and to be on the other side of things now he wants to bring what he learned to hopefully help others who struggled with the same things as he did.
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.
Nicole Gabbay, RADT
Niki Gabbay serves as Case Manager at Clear Recovery Center and has in BA majoring in Psychology and minoring in Addiction Studies. Niki has finished the first year of her masters program at Antioch University and is obtaining her hours to receive her MFT licensure. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Laure Linn, M.B.A.
Laure Linn joined Clear Recovery Center as Chief Financial Officer in July 2019. Prior to joining Clear, Laure held previous financial roles at Bank of America, Paramount Pictures and CBS. She also worked in the Digital practice at Accenture. Throughout her 20-year career, Laure has established a reputation for building world-class teams and for aligning financial and business metrics to support business strategy and high-growth. Laure holds a BA in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Prior to her time at Clear, Daisy worked in the real estate industry as a paralegal and mortgage loan processor. She will be applying her stellar customer service skills and her highly organized work style to support our clinical and operations teams in providing excellent clinical services.
Of all her duties, Daisy is most excited to watch clients grow and thrive during their treatment at Clear.
In her spare time, Daisy enjoys spending time with friends, family and her dog Sparky, traveling, and going to the movie theater. You may also find her and her daughter hanging out with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland on her days off.
Monica Juarez, B.S.
Monica handles all of the Human Resource responsibilities for Clear Recovery Center. Prior to working here, she had experience in the Aerospace and Defense industries as a recruiter and human resources coordinator. She looks forward to bringing her expertise to New Life House in any way she can.
Monica is hard working, efficient, and understanding-a great combination to have for anyone within a Human Resources role. In her spare time she is either listening to music, at the movies watching the latest marvel flick, at the beach or park with her puppy Chester or reading her favorite comics and books with her cat Pebbles.
Karina Lopez, B.A.
Karina holds a BA in Psychology along with a minor in Sociology. She is the Executive Assistant at Clear Recovery Center. Prior to working here, she worked in the ABA field providing one-on-one aid to children of disabilities for over three years. While also working as a personal assistant for a family in Manhattan Beach. Her goal is to help ease our operation teams stress and obstacles, so clinical can run smoothly and provide the best care possible. In her spare time, Karina is an adventurous and free spirited individual therefore, enjoys, painting, rock climbing, planning her next trip, or meditating.
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 sober for 9 years and has been working in the field of recovery for the past few, 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.
Gricela joins the Clear Recovery Center staff as an administrative assistant. Her past work experience in the hospitality industry as well as helping people get back on their feet with credit repair has helped move her into an even more empathetic role of helping others navigate through their own recovery.
Having a brother go through his own experience in recovery, her own personal experience and insight to addiction has motivated her to help others through Clear Recovery Center’s various programs. Gricela enjoys being part of a team in order to make sure all of the Center’s needs and requirements are not only met, but exceeded.
Viren Padhiar is a Southern California native. He enjoys being outdoors, working on vehicles, and spending time with his german shepherd, Kevin. Viren comes from a tight-knit family and loves the opportunity he gets on a daily basis to support an amazing team, helping the South Bay.
Angelica serves as a Medical claims billing specialist, who is able to work with multiple clients and is the cornerstone for a large MJ Resource Management. Adept at monitoring insurance billing changes, maintaining a patient file database and analyzing returned claims for errors.
Her accumulated knowledge in Medical billing and coding, makes her a valuable contribution to MJ Resource Management. She understands how to process claims for payments. She goes above and beyond for an Explanation Of Benefits and works with denied E.O.B.’s. Correcting the claims, with the result of claims being paid.
Angelica is very passionate and diligent with her occupation. She enjoys working with patients, helps answers any type of questions regarding insurance claims and processing. She finds satisfaction in billing her claims out and following up on them to see the process of payments. Angelica is a Mother of two beautiful children who enjoys working out daily and the sweet taste of chocolate.
Rob serves as the Intake Coordinator 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 truly make an impact on the individuals he helps. In his free time he enjoys golfing and hanging out with his dog noodle!
In addition to being in-network with Anthem, Magellan and MHN, Clear Recovery Center accepts many PPO healthplans.
Your recovery. Our philosophy. At Clear Recovery Center, our expert clinical team is here to help you achieve lasting, sustainable recovery from mental health and addiction.
Manhattan Beach Location
515 N Sepulveda Blvd Suite B
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
18123 Prairie Avenue
Torrance CA 90504
Tuesday : 9AM–8PM
Wednesday : 9AM–8:30PM
Thursday : 9AM–8PM
Friday : 9AM–8PM
Saturday : 9AM–6PM
Sunday : Closed