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  • Dr. Katherine Burke
    Lead Therapist
    MA, PsyD, LMFT
    Dr. Katherine Burke
    Lead Therapist
    MA, PsyD, LMFT

    Kate serves as Northbound Seattle’s lead therapist, which requires her to oversee clinical program development and service delivery, supervise clinical staff, and work directly with clients seeking recovery from substance use disorders and mental health issues.

    Kate holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle, and both a Master’s and Doctoral in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. Kate has worked previously at a substance abuse agency providing individual, group and couples therapy, in addition to family reunification, life skills education and development. Kate’s career includes private practice, community-based work with homeless populations, work with children experiencing behavioral issues and those afflicted with autism and attention deficit disorders, mental health evaluations for veterans and couples work utilizing the Gottman method across multiple populations. Kate sees the purpose of her work as helping those in critical periods of their lives, providing a safe and supportive environment for people to self-explore, heal, and grow both individually and within the relationships that are meaningful to them.

  • Mike Plaisance
    Executive Director, Seattle
    Mike Plaisance
    Executive Director, Seattle

    Mike has over 15 years of service in the behavioral health community in various clinical and administrative roles. His career as a certified Chemical Dependency Professional and then as the Director of Business Development at an established addiction treatment facility in the Pacific Northwest is marked by accomplishments in a wide variety of program development and implementation, including the adoption of an integrated customer relations management system.

    Mike has also conducted educational presentations in several areas of addiction science around the Pacific Northwest. His passion for fostering exceptional behavioral healthcare services along with experience leading quality improvement groups and consulting nationally for other behavioral health organizations, have all contributed to his focus on purposeful leadership and corporate health. Mike believes in leading with a “living purpose” and inspires his team to do the same.

  • Ryan Snodgrass
    Primary Clinician
    MA, AMFT, APCC
    Ryan Snodgrass
    Primary Clinician
    MA, AMFT, APCC

    Ryan works primarily at Northbound’s OneEighty Detox Center, where our clients take their first step toward developing a lifestyle of recovery. Assisting clients during such a significant part of their journey here has proven ideal for Ryan, who stated upon coming to Northbound that she finds specific meaning in supporting those in recovery during some of their most vulnerable moments.

    She holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and she has dual registration as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and Professional Clinical Counselor Intern. Prior to coming to Northbound, Ryan provided outpatient therapy to HIV+ and LGBT clients struggling with addiction and mental illness. She strongly believes in the resiliency of clients, and has listed one of her professional aims as helping them gain insight into the effects of past experiences on their present distress.

  • Jefferson Jordan
    Client Advocate
    CCAR
    Jefferson Jordan
    Client Advocate
    CCAR

    Jefferson, who recently celebrated his fourth year of sobriety, originally started at Northbound as an overnight tech before earning lead tech responsibilities at our Virginia property, positioning the foundation for him thrive in the client advocate work he now carries out at Northbound’s One Eighty Detox Center.

    Jefferson’s interest in relating to clients, encouraging them and creating an experience they will love is apparent in the way he has become known around Northbound for leading certain interactive games for them and organizing coffee tastings, among other fun events. Jefferson was raised in Texas and is an avid fiction writer who has initiated Northbound’s creative writing program that clients often find rewarding as they learn to reengage their creativity. He has his Bachelor’s in history and a minor in writing from the University of North Texas, and he has CCAR recovery coach certification that he utilizes to help guide Northbound’s mission to assist our clients in celebrating one year of continuous sobriety.

  • Zulma Loera
    Health Care Technician
    Zulma Loera
    Health Care Technician

    Zulma, part of the One Eighty Detox Center’s 24-hour, seven-day nursing staff, brings a determination for helping those who struggle with alcohol and substance abuse disorder. Her strong willingness to participate in Northbound’s mission to assist our clients in celebrating one year of continuous sobriety makes her an ideal participant in each transformative journey our clients embark on during their time here. She has stated her goal as further solidifying a profound personal belief in second chances and becoming a difference in the lives of those willing to choose recovery from addiction.

    Zulma graduated from Concorde Career College’s vocational nursing program and started her nursing career in detox programs. Outside of Northbound, Zulma enjoys spending quality time with family and friends making every second count.

  • Vincent Lauro
    Case Manager
    Vincent Lauro
    Case Manager

    Vincent has a clear understanding about the intricacies of Northbound’s mission to assist our clients in celebrating one year of continuous sobriety –- as an alumnus himself, he has previously completed the journey.

    His work in behavioral healthcare since has included time applying specialized treatment within the social clinical modality, providing therapy for parolees and those in the homeless community affected by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Vincent transitioned the emphasis of his school coursework from communications to assisting those struggling with the chronic disease of addiction and its impact on the brain, which he considers a true calling. He lists spending time with his friends and family, attending concerts, going to the beach and staying active as his favorite extracurricular activities.

  • Roxane Williams
    Case Manager
    Roxane Williams
    Case Manager

    Roxane has shown a true passion for our mission to assist Northbound clients in celebrating one year of continuous sobriety from drugs and alcohol while in treatment for a mental health disorder. Being identified as a team member able to treat everyone with love and understanding while leaning into discomfort, innovating and taking appropriate professional risks has made Roxane extremely valuable at Northbound.

    She graduated from Intercoast College in 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences and a certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling, and upon completing a four-month internship passed the IC&RC exam in 2015. Roxane is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and plans to continue her education and experience within the field of behavioral health.

  • Alex Freeman
    Case Manager
    RADT-1
    Alex Freeman
    Case Manager
    RADT-1

    Alex brings a high level of dedication, passion, and empathy to his work as a Case Manager in our Men’s Core residential program. He has an explicit understanding about local behavioral healthcare — prior to coming to Northbound, Alex worked as a Treatment Technician at Joshua House, a residential treatment facility, in Costa Mesa. There, he was able to share his own experience of recovery and provide support and encouragement to clients. Since joining us, Alex has demonstrated an understanding for helping educate clients about the disease of addiction, develop effective coping skills to prevent relapse and inspire themselves to find a sense of purpose.

    Alex received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from UC Santa Cruz in 2005, and he is currently enrolled in education programs that will allow him to expand his capability for helping others struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Alex’s aspirations in the field extend from his own struggles and triumphs toward establishing sustained recovery from substance use disorder, and how it was achieved through support, encouragement and education during addiction treatment.

  • Laura Olah
    Therapist
    MS, MFTi
    Laura Olah
    Therapist
    MS, MFTi

    Laura has previously worked in the mental health field with adolescents, adults and families. Her training included acute, residential and intensive outpatient (IOP) care for substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment.

    Laura incorporates an integrative approach in her work that consists of Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in order to assist clients in increasing distress tolerance skills and re-framing maladaptive thought patterns that can lead to behavioral change. She is currently pursuing Meditation Specialist I (MSI-BC) certification from the National Meditation Specialist Certification Board. Her stated goals upon being brought aboard to Northbound also included becoming certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in order to gain further knowledge on stress-reduction techniques to use in her therapeutic work. Laura strongly believes in the empowerment of human connection and the resiliency of the human spirit. She utilizes yoga, meditation and Taekwondo for mind and body discipline, self-care and spiritual rejuvenation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Elizabeth Steele
    Clinical Director
    Elizabeth Steele
    Clinical Director

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

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

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

  • Barek Sharif
    Therapist
    MFTI
    Barek Sharif
    Therapist
    MFTI

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

  • Crystal Delaney
    Therapist
    LMFT
    Crystal Delaney
    Therapist
    LMFT

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

  • Shayla Chapman
    Case Manager
    MFT-I
    Shayla Chapman
    Case Manager
    MFT-I

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

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

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

  • Jennifer Balidio
    Therapist
    MS
    Jennifer Balidio
    Therapist
    MS

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

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

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

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

  • Josh Marshall
    Women's Core Program Manager
    Josh Marshall
    Women's Core Program Manager

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

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

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

  • Ryan Ruiz
    Therapist
    LMFT
    Ryan Ruiz
    Therapist
    LMFT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Doug Corrigan
    Case Manager
    Doug Corrigan
    Case Manager

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

  • George Graham
    LINKS Program Manager
    CCS, CATC-II
    George Graham
    LINKS Program Manager
    CCS, CATC-II

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

  • Kelli Daniels
    Case Manager
    Kelli Daniels
    Case Manager

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

  • Shauna Sopko
    Case Manager
    Shauna Sopko
    Case Manager

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

  • Trisha Winberry
    Outpatient Program Manager
    CADC II, BA
    Trisha Winberry
    Outpatient Program Manager
    CADC II, BA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rafael Vega
    Case Manager
    MSC, RADT-I
    Rafael Vega
    Case Manager
    MSC, RADT-I

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

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

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

  • Renee Nedelman
    Client Advocate
    Renee Nedelman
    Client Advocate

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

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

  • Christina Keisselbach
    Health Care Technician
    LVN
    Christina Keisselbach
    Health Care Technician
    LVN

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

  • Lucy Saenz
    Detox Healthcare Supervisor
    Lucy Saenz
    Detox Healthcare Supervisor

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

  • Megan Winder
    Health Care Technician
    LVN
    Megan Winder
    Health Care Technician
    LVN

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

  • Wendy Galvan
    Residential Healthcare Supervisor
    Wendy Galvan
    Residential Healthcare Supervisor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jimmy Weiss
    Client Advocacy Manager
    Jimmy Weiss
    Client Advocacy Manager

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

  • Heath Miller
    Client Advocate
    Heath Miller
    Client Advocate

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

  • Timothy High
    Client Advocate
    RADT-I
    Timothy High
    Client Advocate
    RADT-I

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

  • Gayle Gomez
    Health Care Liaison
    Gayle Gomez
    Health Care Liaison

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

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