Los Angeles/Malibu Team

Medical Team

Dr. Tapeesh Kansal, M.D.

Dr. Kansal is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago after attending medical school at the King George’s Medical College in India. Dr. Kansal has been practicing psychiatry since 2000. Over the years he has worked in various mental health settings, including outpatient clinics treating college students, inpatient hospitals, and crisis centers. He believes that taking care of our mental health requires that we address our overall health and well-being, including eating habits, exercise, cultivating healthy relationships, and finding meaning in our day to day life. Dr. Kansal also believes that adolescence and young adulthood is the critical time to lay a solid foundation for a healthy mind and body. In his free time, Dr. Kansal enjoys reading, playing with his 2 dogs, and going on long walks.

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Dr. James Luzano, M.D., #A110734

Dr. James Luzano is a licensed clinical psychiatrist who specializes in working with adolescents struggling with mental health and chemical dependency issues. He is a graduate of Columbia University and completed his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Additionally Dr. Luzano is an attending psychiatrist at UCLA Medical Center. While working at both Cedars-Sinai and UCLA he has gained invaluable experience in working with teen trauma, PTSD, teen anxiety, depression, and treatment resistant youth. Dr. Luzano provides medication management, psychiatric assessments and psychological treatment at Paradigm.

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Rebecca Acevedo, R.N., #95196227

Rebecca Acevedo is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Before joining the Paradigm team, she worked in a wide range of clinical settings where she provided treatment to adolescents and their families for a variety of health-related needs. Her passion, however, is in the provision of teen treatment for anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Rebecca has devoted much of her career to de-stigmatizing mental health treatment for teens. Her goal is to help young people become the best possible version of themselves.

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Felicia Tomasko, B.A., R.N. #717006

Felicia Tomasko earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology and Environmental Biology from University of Colorado at Boulder where she participated in the International and National Voluntary Service Program focused on social justice and activism. She took her Associate Degree in Nursing from Santa Barbara City College and is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Certified Yoga Therapist, meditation and yoga teacher. Felicia Has is passionate about assisting individuals and groups in cultivating holistic mind-body-spirit health using all of the tools of modern western biomedicine and evidence-based mind-body tools and interventions. She believes in empowerment, self-inquiry, and a team approach to health and healing. Her nursing experience includes caring for patients in a variety of life transitions such as serving as a birth and postpartum doula and end-of-life care. Felicia believes in the importance of accessing a variety of therapeutic tools and techniques to develop coping skills and resilience and to support self-acceptance and self-actualization. As a nurse who is also committed to an integrative  and personalized approach to health and well-being, she believes in paying attention to what works for each individual. An avid yoga practitioner, Felicia enjoys dancing (preferably when no one is watching), playing with her rescue dog who is also a friendly and loving therapy dog, writing, and reading.

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Kaela Vaughn, RN, #95249177

Kaela is a new graduate who has a passion for mental health and believes that patients need extra love, patience and understanding. Kaela is a registered nurse who graduated from West Coast University in California. During her volunteer work at Turning Point Outpatient center, she used mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.  She enjoys paddle boarding, surfing, gardening, collecting shells and camping with her family.

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Clarita Hunter, L.V.N., #224244

Clarita Hunter is an experienced Licensed Vocational Nurse who has offered quality care in the medical field for over twenty years. She has worked with a broad range of clients with different health concerns, from chronic to acute, with extensive work in diabetes care. Clarita joined the Paradigm Malibu team to pursue her passion for making a difference in the lives of teens impacted by the mental health effects of physical illness, injury, and trauma. Clarita is motivated by the energy and promise of adolescents and enjoys sharing her interests in hiking, the beach, animals, jazz, and gardening.

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Clinical Team

Tracy Bangar, LCSW #87285
Tracy Bangar, LCSW #87285

Clinical Director – Malibu

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Tracy Bangar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who graduated with honors from Azusa Pacific University with her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration of Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Education and Applied Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Paradigm, Tracy worked in residential treatment with youth struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and addiction-related issues. She is certified in different Evidence-Based Practices of Trauma-Focused CBT and Seeking Safety, as well as Trauma-Informed Care. Tracy integrates multiple therapeutic modalities into treatment and is passionate about finding what works best for each teen. She takes the approach that every child and adolescent possesses strengths and positive qualities that when incorporated into treatment better foster growth and the ability to overcome the challenges.

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Andrea Polard, M.A., PsyD,  # 17098

Dr. Andrea F. Polard first became a psychologist in Germany at the Freie University of Berlin in 1993. Besides working in research at her Alma Mater, she enjoyed working with multi-symptomatic children, adolescents and their families for various District offices of Berlin. When she immigrated to the U.S. in 1994, she had to get her second MA degree in Counseling Psychology and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College (1998). For two years, Dr. Polard worked in convalescent homes and halfway houses, where she was trained in various methods of psychological and neuroscience testing. She also worked at the Primal Institute for three years, where she conducted group and individual therapy with trauma survivors, many of whom were recovering from substance abuse. After this intense training, she yearned to work more holistically. Her subsequent, diverse training included Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Therapy, Mindfulness and Mind/Body work. Finally, in 2012, she founded the Los Angeles Center for Zen Psychology, where she saw many adolescents and adults who recovered from substance abuse, trauma, depression, and anxiety.

Andrea loves to write blog articles for Psychology Today. Her first published book —A Unified Theory of Happiness—received international attention. She loves to hike in nature and lives with her family and her dog in the quiet mountains of Topanga.

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Diana Redman, Psy.D., MSW
Diana Redman, Psy.D., MSW

Psychological Assistant

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Diana Redman is completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University.  She previously completed a Master’s in Social Work from Tel-Aviv University. With a focus in crisis and trauma, she provided first line care to victims of trauma and war, immigrants, and their children. Diana also created in-school programs throughout southern Tel-Aviv that used sport psychology techniques to help support behavioral changes in children and teens. Diana is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Diana also has experience working in residential settings with young adults struggling with substance use, trauma, and a variety of other psychological issues.    

In addition to her mental health expertise, Diana is a former professional soccer player for the Israel National Team. Diana uses her sport experience to provide young adults with motivational and goal setting tools while also creating a safe space to explore their identity both in and out of sport. Diana believes in a well-rounded treatment that utilizes ACT, CBT, and sport psychology techniques to help teens understand they are more than just an athlete. 

Diana is supervised by Dr. Andrea Polard.

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Sean Dwyer, M.A., AMFT #119990

Sean holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, where he was also a Teacher’s Assistant for Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents. Sean was a Lead Clinical Assistant at Paradigm for four years, which inspired him to become a therapist and return to support and empower youth and families with warmth and sensitivity. Sean’s clinical training focused on relational approaches to trauma in a community mental health setting. Sean helps individuals, couples, and families discover their authentic selves by encouraging nourishing connections with peers, families, and communities. Sean specializes in LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy to support youth who are experiencing stressful events specific to their identities. Sean channels his personal life experiences, recovery work, and devotion to helping others into his support for youth experiencing substance misuse. Sean deeply believes that healing can and does happen when a youth is genuinely supported in finding their own voice and power––and using it. When not supporting and challenging clients, Sean is an avid tennis player and devoted cat dad. Sean’s supervisor is Lucy Bramwell, LMFT, #101033

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Lauren Prina, B.A., AMFT #123344

Lauren Prina graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Art History. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. Prior to joining Paradigm as a Clinical Assistant, Lauren applied her interest in youth and psychology by working as a camp counselor, then as a youth activities leader for a local church.

During her tenure with Paradigm, Lauren has committed her energies to direct service of youth and organizational support to the treatment team. She thrives on working with teens as she believes that adolescence is a pivotal stage in life and that youth have the capacity for immense change and power in creating futures for themselves. Witnessing the effectiveness of residential care, in helping youth learn to overcome the effects of teen depression, anxiety, self-harm, and other emotional health issues, inspired Lauren to enroll in graduate school and to undertake a new role with Paradigm. She has a passion for art, creativity, and helping others find connection and hope in their lives.

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Jonathan Sanchez, M.A.

Jonathan Sanchez has nearly a decade of experience with educating teens. He possesses a Master of Arts in Education and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in gender studies alongside a focused minor in Kinesiology. Prior to joining the Paradigm team, Jonathan served in Southeast Asia as a high school English Literature and Mathematics Instructor. He also taught foreign exchange students at an International Language school in Santa Monica. Jonathan specializes in promoting critical/cognitive thinking and believes that conceptual understanding is demonstrated through the creation of imaginative, interpretive and analytical responses designed to develop students facility with varying types of mediums and modes to foster an appreciation of the value of lifelong learning. His goal for youth at Paradigm is to make sure that they stay current and when possible get ahead in their studies so that they have one less stressor when they are reintegrating.

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Siana Orun-Walker, B.A.
Siana Orun-Walker, B.A.

Director of Client Development & Initiatives

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Siana specializes in experiential therapy, emotional intelligence, and personal development. She Is a trail blazer in the realm of youth development and focuses on assisting our youth with staying on track with their treatment goals. Siana has worked with the youth for over a decade leading and facilitating personal development groups and workshops. Some of the initiatives she’s developed are our “LifeSkills Group” to support our alumni in integrating what they’ve learned in our residential program post treatment, and “SHIFT” our diversity & inclusion program that encourages cultural competency in the field of mental health while providing resources for our staff, clients, and the community. Siana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from HBCU-Virginia State University and is a graduate of MITT-Mastery in Transformational Training. She dedicates her life to impacting as many lives as she can by being of service, encouraging transformation, and inspiring breakthroughs.

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Dianna Welsh, M.S., LMFT
Dianna Welsh, M.S., LMFT

Director of Clinical TeleCare

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Dianna holds a Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from CSU Sacramento and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology from San Diego State University. Dianna has extensive experience in both acute inpatient hospitals and residential treatment settings and works exclusively with teens and their families to treat mood-, trauma-, and attachment-related issues. Dianna is a skilled administrator who has trained graduate students in clinical assessments and therapeutic protocols for inpatient mental health care. She also served as the Deputy Director, and later, the Program Director for the San Francisco location of Paradigm Treatment. Dianna utilizes a person-centered and holistic approach to treatment informed by trauma-focused and attachment theories. She believes whole-heartedly in the healing nature of human connection and the importance of teens being seen and valued for who they really are. She employs a range of therapeutic modalities including ACT, IFS and DBT and combines them in a way intended to honor the unique experiences and self-discovery of each teen. 

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Carol Nalin, CPET
Carol Nalin, CPET

Parent Support Services

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For much of the last decade, Carol Nalin has been providing Parent Effective Training and parent support services to families in a teen rehab setting. In addition to being a certified PET Trainer, she is the Founder and Creator of The Parenting Pros, a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist and a Child Custody Mediator. For ten years, she served as the President of the Community Advisory Council at Birmingham High School as part of the Los Angeles Unified District.  In addition Carol is certified as a UCLA trained Mediator and a Dispute Resolution Server  which is recognized by the Los Angeles Bar Association.

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Kathryn Nunez, M.A., LMFT

Kathryn Nunez obtained her Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Critical Psychology. She has served as an individual and group therapist to adolescents in a San Francisco area inpatient hospital and to those struggling to heal from a life-threatening illness. She is an experienced facilitator who incorporates classical theater techniques with elements of identity and community building into her sessions to bring healing, emotional intelligence, empathy, and grounding to her clients. Kathryn believes in the inherent value and intrinsic goodness of every human and she is committed to helping teens navigate towards seeing, feeling, and owning their value so they can find meaning and mindful connection in their lives. 

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Ani Thomson, Psy.D., RPA #94025360, LMFT #99923, ATR

Ani is a licensed LMFT with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Art TherapyAni has experience as a psychological assistant working toward licensure and has specialized in family systems, CBT, DBT, art therapy, running groups, and individual and family sessions. Ani is a registered Art Therapist who is passionate about helping teens develop expressive self-care practices. In Ani’s free time, she enjoys painting and collaging, collecting vinyl records, and walking her dog. Ani’s supervisor is Andrea Polard, PST #17098

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Natalie Claxton, M.A., AMFT #124233, APCC #9182

Natalie holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis from Pepperdine University. Before coming to Paradigm, Natalie had experience as an MFT trainee providing individual and group therapy for teenagers with depression and anxiety, as well as working with adults in a community mental health setting. Natalie has also worked as a Community Counselor at Clearview Treatment Women’s Center in Los Angeles, providing skills coaching and supporting women with borderline personality disorder. 

Natalie completed training in DBT, mindfulness, CBT and Psychodynamic therapy perspectives. Natalie’s approach is to help clients gain insight into their thought patterns and behaviors while providing a therapeutic relationship based on validation and empathy. Natalie aims to help clients foster radical self-acceptance and awareness of their strengths so they can reach their personal goals and gain resilience. Natalie enjoys practicing yoga and going hiking.  

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Ben Edwards, AMFT #119868

Ben Edwards is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is currently enrolled at Antioch University, Los Angeles where he is completing a master’s degree in clinical psychology, with a specialization in addiction and recovery. Prior to Paradigm, Ben worked as the head coach for junior high school football and basketball teams in the Los Angeles area. He also worked as a full-time musician, touring all over the world, performing as the bass player and musical director for various bands, including Mitchel Musso from Disney’s Hannah Montana, Chris Barron from the Spin Doctors, and multi-grammy winning Latin rock star, Beto Cuevas, with whom he earned a Grammy participation certificate. Ben seeks out opportunities to use both sports and music in his work with adolescents at Paradigm. He is a proud Chilean-Californian and a member of the 12 Step community. Ben’s supervisor is Tracy Bangar, LCSW, #87285

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Christina Fitch, M.A., AMFT #118622

A graduate of Antioch University, Christina completed her Master’s in Applied Psychology with a specialty in spiritual and depth psychology. Christina believes that integrating the client’s spiritual and religious beliefs helps them feel secure during dysregulation. Her unique approach to healing is helpful for those with addictive behaviors, ADHD, trauma and life transitions. Christina believes in the use of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based art therapy. She previously worked as a marriage and family therapist at the Antioch Counseling Center and has been a practicing Reiki Master for ten years.. After hours, Christina enjoys yoga, meditation, and spending time with her animals.

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Victor Gabriel, M.A., AMFT #95882

Victor Gabriel works at Paradigm as a Licensed Therapist. He holds a Master of Art in Clinical Psychology, and a MFT degree from Antioch University. Prior to working at Paradigm, Victor worked as Community Mental Health Therapist in the South Central, Compton, and Watts areas. Victor specializes in trauma, and in his free time he enjoys music and film making. 

Victor is supervised by Tracy Bangar, LMFT.

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Ali Griner, B.A., AMFT #128070

Ali has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, working towards a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is a registered associate marriage and family therapist. Ali’s skills are logotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, emotion-focused therapy, holistic therapy, dream interpretation and relationship-building. Ali’s calling in life is to love people and help them discover who they are – she expects to learn from her clients just as they learn from her. She is known by her radical authenticity and diverse interests. If she wasn’t a therapist, Ali would be a creative director, intelligence agent, or any position that works with animals. Ali loves talking dreams (awake and asleep), and incorporates dream interpretation into her work.

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Dunia Hamza, MSW

Before joining Paradigm, Dunia was a clinical intern at The Home for Little Wanderer’s in Boston, MA. She was a program aide and group facilitator at Polaris Teen Center in Los Angeles and a counselor at The Academy Project’s Camp Xavier. Dunia earned her master’s degree in clinical social work with a behavioral health specialization. In graduate school, Dunia learned that her strengths lie in taking a holistic and person-centered therapeutic approach. She is trained in CBT and has experience in DBT and trauma-informed care. Dunia is most passionate about working with teenagers and supporting them during difficult times by empowering them to rewrite their story. Dunia is Egyptian and her name means —the world —in Arabic and she was born on Earth Day. On her off days, Dunia enjoys dancing, running, yoga, traveling the world and spending quality time with loved ones.

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Shaniqua Henry, B.A., M.S.W., LMSW

Shaniqua brings her energetic demeanor and clinical skills to Paradigm from Brooklyn, NY.  She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University at Buffalo and then a Master of Social Work at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.  She earned a Licensed Master Social Worker in New York where she worked at Bellevue Hospital Center for 10 years in the children’s clinic. In previous positions, Shaniqua worked with various families with children at risk for foster care due to their substance use and/or mental illnesses. She also worked as a health educator facilitating groups for adolescents about dating, relationships and sexual health. Shaniqua’s style includes various modalities, but most important is being present and meeting the adolescents where they are in that moment, building rapport so they are in a safe space which allows for meaningful, efficient treatment. When she isn’t working passionately on behalf of adolescents, she works as an artist doing acting, writing, producing, being a mom to a human and a pup, yoga, and learning L.A. via jogging.

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Reid Kessler, M.S., AMFT, #125358

Reid earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in LGBT affirmative psychology from Antioch University. He has experience in providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and families during his internship at Airport Marina Counseling Service. As a therapist, Reid enjoys utilizing a CBT and solutions-focused approach. He is passionate about helping identified youth who are experiencing identity and mental health issues. Reid uses his combined education and life experiences to help provide an affirmative, safe and non-judgmental environment when providing therapy. Outside of work Reid enjoys travel, swimming, playing tennis and going to the beach.

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Sasha Khalili, AMFT #125706

Sasha believes in strengthening the individual and exploring the beacons of hope, love, light in a person and their passion. He looks to explore certain unconscious beliefs, blocks, and schemas that may be hindering the ability to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Sasha also seeks to establish a human connection based on careful rapport building, to ultimately ensure trust and exploration. He is genuinely interested in understanding the totality of a person and allowing their humanity to surface and be dispensed with. Sasha believes in the power of empathy and its ability to allow the processing of emotions, memories, and thoughts.

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Christina Lovejoy, B.A., M.A., LMFT #125797

Christina Lovejoy is a licensed marriage and family therapist who received her master’s degree from California Lutheran University with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in sociology from Cal State Northridge. Prior to joining Paradigm, she worked at a counseling center where she provided individual, family, couples, and child therapy sessions. Christina has also worked with junior high and high school adolescents in a school setting, providing school based therapy for teens struggling with depression and anxiety. Christina is a strength based therapist who uses CBT and narrative approach to help youth create positive change in their lives. She is passionate about working with young adults in a therapeutic environment, providing support, empathy, and a chance for individual growth. Christina believes that all have the capacity to make meaningful changes while being seen in their authentic selves. 

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Cameron Reis, B.A., M.A., LMFT #112102

Cameron Reis is a licensed marriage and family therapist who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University at Northridge and his Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University. His clinical studies focused on trauma and the ways in which emotionally overwhelming events can disrupt the mind-body connection and potentially manifest as PTSD and trauma disorder.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Cameron worked in both school and outpatient treatment settings, where he gained experience and found his psychotherapeutic passion for individual and group therapy with youth. He has therapeutic expertise with teen PTSD, self-harm, adolescent major depression, family/relational issues, and is EMDR-trained.. Cameron believes that when teens develop a patient and kind relationship with themselves, then they can find their strengths and reclaim their interests and dreams.

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Christian Rider, B.A., M.A., AMFT

The theories that have resonated with Christian in his studies are family systems, psychodynamics, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness theory. Christian has developed a strong repertoire of evidenced-based interventions such as breathing exercises, guided imagery, and other grounding techniques aimed at attuning the mind and body. He has a strong desire to do transformational work with adolescents and young adults and to help them overcome their struggles. Christian values taking an eclectic therapeutic approach when working with clients to address their individual needs.

Christian earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology with specializations in Marriage and Family Therapy, and the assessment and intervention of trauma. He is currently pursing a certificate in Trauma Stress Studies from the Trauma Research Foundation. Christian was a therapist at CLU Community Counseling Services in Westlake Village and a Resident Assistant at CLU Thousand Oaks, where he worked closely with young adults of various cultural backgrounds. His interests include hiking, running, playing music, kickboxing, table tennis, reading, and building with Legos. Christian enjoys how running can be competitive and meditational at the same time and has been a long-distance runner since high school.

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Melody Shokouhi, B.A., M.S.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Melody worked as a preschool teacher at Beth Shir Shalom, later moving on to Antioch Community Counseling Center as a therapist. In her graduate studies and post graduate counseling experiences, she was drawn towards relational, insight-oriented, narrative, and behavioral therapies. Melody is most passionate about working with teenagers and she uses a strengths-based approach to help them embrace their most authentic selves during their transition into adulthood. Melody earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA. When not at work, she enjoys boxing and fitness activities.

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Kevork Terterian, M.A., AMFT #112164, APCC #6180

Kevork obtained his Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Argosy University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology & Social Behavior from the University of California – Irvine. He has experience working with adolescents in school settings, providing them with a safe space in which to process trauma, emotional challenges and relational issues. As a therapist, Kevork utilizes a person-centered approach so as to fully engage with each individual client and honor their unique qualities and traits. He infuses his therapy with evidence-based practices such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and resonates with existential theory, which explores the importance of finding meaning in one’s life across multiple areas. Kevork loves playing tennis and enjoys spending time with his two dogs when he is not working. Kevork’s supervisor is Lucy Bramwell.

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Gerardo Aguirre, B.S.

Gerardo completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with an Emphasis on Exercise Science from CSU-Northridge and is currently attending Concordia University, pursing a Master’s in Exercise Science. Gerardo has worked as an APA special needs para-educator and an exercise instructor for numerous years. Gerardo enjoys playing basketball, biking, soccer, hiking, and reading. 

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Oluwatomisin (Tomi) Bankole, B.S.

Originally from Nigeria, Tomi came to the U.S. when she was 17 years old. She graduated with a biological science degree from Lee University in Tennessee and has a research certification from CITI research program. She is certified in first aid, water safety, and CPR. Tomi worked with young children at Early Learning Center while in college and volunteered with elderly and the underprivileged at Our Good Samaritan Clinic in Tennessee. Tomi’s strengths are empathy and listening. Her skills include interpersonal skills, time management, communication, teamwork and collaboration. Her favorite modality is auditory. Tomi loves listening and talking to people. She believes group therapy and physical activities like exercise are helpful in the treatment of mental health. Tomi believes that if every individual contributes to the cycle of healing through helping others, the world would be a better place. In her spare time Tomie enjoys swimming, writing poetry, and listening to music.

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Isaiah Bird, B.A.
Isaiah Bird, B.A.

Clinical Assistant

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Prior to joining Paradigm, Isaiah worked with children as a registered behavior technician and is now studying to become a speech-language pathologist. He is passionate about helping adolescents better their lives. Isaiah graduated from Occidental College with a bachelor’s in cognitive science. While at college, he led and taught a cohort of health educators to go into ninth grade classrooms around Los Angeles and teach health equity. In his free time, he plays tennis, surfs, and plays board games including chess and Go.

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Jonathan Ditmore
Jonathan Ditmore

Clinical Assistant

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Jonathan D. graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During his time there he was able to spend time volunteering in group homes and help serve local youth. He is passionate about being a part of the treatment journey for kids. He strongly believes that teenagers are extremely resilient and are able to live meaningful and healthy lives if they are given the proper support. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys basketball, reading history books, playing video games, and beating Gerardo in fantasy sports. 

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Christopher Joice, B.A.

With a strong passion for pursuing a career in mental health, Christopher plans to become a marriage and family therapist. Christopher is a clinical assistant at Paradigm Treatment. He earned his associate degree in psychology from Moorpark College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University/Channel Islands. Aside from work, he enjoys hobbies such as meditation, running and skateboarding with friends.

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Lauren Kim, B.A.
Lauren Kim, B.A.

Clinical Assistant

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Lauren graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and plans to get her master’s as a licensed family and marriage therapist in the upcoming years. She is a passionate mental health advocate who is always striving to help others who may need it. She interned for her high school’s mental health and wellness center during her last year at UCLA, providing support and assurance during the pandemic with uplifting and informative social media posts regarding different mental health topics. When Lauren is not working as a clinical assistant, she enjoys trying new restaurants in Los Angeles, dancing, and working out.

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Matthew Lawson
Matthew Lawson

Clinical Assistant

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Matthew has always had a passion for providing teens with a safe and compassionate environment in which to grow. In his years working as a youth leader at his local church, Matthew mentored students struggling with their mental health and saw the importance of creating a space where they can feel heard and appreciated. Matthew is now pursuing a career in mental health with plans to become a licensed youth therapist. He is about to receive his associate’s degree in psychology from Moorpark College where he will then transfer to California State University, Channel Islands, to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Matthew is also certified in CPR, basic first aid, and water safety training. While being a clinical assistant at Paradigm Treatment, Matthew aims to use his empathy, listening, and openness to contribute to the healing of youth. He believes that exercise, self-expression, and community are essential in cultivating mental wellness. Matthew enjoys his free time practicing meditation, playing guitar, and skateboarding.

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Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy

Clinical Assistant

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Alex is uniquely qualified having spent his adolescent years in programs like Paradigm. He is active in the AA community, taking young men through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and helps people get involved in spiritual practices such as yoga and sound healing. He is also a volunteer for a suicide awareness group that organizes gatherings across California. Alex has sought a professional life based around his creative outlets. Through photography and design, he enjoys inspiring others to follow their creative dreams. In his free time he enjoys skateboarding and skiing.

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Mary McLaughlin
Mary McLaughlin

Clinical Assistant

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Mary is committed to aiding in the recovery process of teens, youth and their families. Her philosophy is to always be lovingly direct and to remain honest. Being easy to talk to and maintaining an empathetic outlook are very important to her, and she remains calm in times of chaos.  Mary previously worked as a direct care counselor. Mary is a dedicated nursing student and her goal is to earn her psychiatric nurse practitioner license. Her words to live by are “A positive attitude is a magnet for positive results.” She enjoys listening to music in her free time.

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Hanna Muddle, B.A.
Hanna Muddle, B.A.

Clinical Assistant

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Hanna obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Colorado, and is interested in pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Counseling so as to become a licensed therapist. Previously she worked as a technician in a residential, all boys’ facility specializing in trauma, substance abuse and behavioral issues. Hanna is passionate about working with youth and young adults and when she is not at Paradigm, she enjoys snowboarding and being in nature.

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Alexa Petterson
Alexa Petterson

Clinical Assistant

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While growing up in small town Clarksville, Arkansas, Alexa saw first-hand how mental health could affect teenagers in her community. There she realized her passion for helping youth struggling with their mental health. Alexa earned an associate degree in general education, and will be graduating in December of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Arkansas Tech University. Alexa wants to pursue a master’s degree in trauma. While working with the youth at Paradigm, she hopes to help clients learn to use effective coping skills in activities they are passionate about, and to help them learn to use their own voices and experiences to become advocates for mental health treatment. In her free time, Alexa enjoys journaling, reading, spending time with her therapy dogs, and horse-back riding.

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Susan Rangel, B.A.
Susan Rangel, B.A.

Clinical Assistant

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Susan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare and Social Justice and a minor in Clinical Studies. Susan is experienced in working with teens and adolescents as a behavioral therapist and is currently working toward becoming a licensed clinical social worker. In her free time, Susan enjoys music, poetry, yoga, cooking, and volunteering. 

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Jane Roth, B.A., M.A.

Jane obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Arizona, and is currently working towards her Master of Arts degree in Psychology at Pepperdine University. She has extensive professional experience working in adolescent residential facilities, and in addition to working as a Behaviorist, Jane also spent several years working with adults, teens and children with special needs. As a clinician she prioritizes building rapport with clients, and values providing a safe environment in which clients can feel encouraged to develop the concrete skills they need to lead a fulfilling life. Jane enjoys boxing and introducing it to clients as a healthy way to process and release difficult emotions.

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Jennifer Sandoval, B.A.

Jennifer grew up in Los Angeles, California. A first-generation college graduate, Jennifer attended California State University Stanislaus where she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Her concentration was in juvenile justice, which led her to discover her love for helping others. Jennifer has also participated in many volunteering opportunities from mentoring at elementary schools to volunteering at a youth correctional facility in Stockton CA. Jennifer previously worked at a residential facility for at-risk, expecting teen moms, where she was a residential counselor and supervised both teens and babies living at the facility. Jennifer enjoys mentoring and helping others discover their potential and the opportunities available for them. Jennifer enjoys camping, traveling, watching soccer games, and being crafty.

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Hannah Weigel, M.A., MFT

Hannah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University and went on to pursue her master’s in marriage and family therapy at California Lutheran University. While obtaining her master’s degree, Hannah worked as a trainee therapist in the community’s counseling center, which allowed clients access to affordable therapy services. Hannah worked with both middle and high school students in Ventura County, and has a passion for working alongside teens and young adults. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking, paddle boarding (and being on the water in general), spending time with family and friends, and listening to music or a good podcast!

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Mohammad “Taher” Hotaki, B.A.
Mohammad “Taher” Hotaki, B.A.

Lead Overnight Clinical Assistant

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Taher earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Woodbury University in addition to an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Pierce College. Prior to Paradigm, Taher worked as a Senior Rehab Specialist and a Clinic Assistant at the Centre for Neuro Skills. Taher has an educational approach with teens and adolescents and specializes in Physical Therapy and Speech Language Pathology. Outside of Paradigm, Taher enjoys playing volleyball, swimming, and hiking in nature. 

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Kathleen Adkisson
Kathleen Adkisson

Overnight Clinical Assistant

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Working with young people has always been in Kathleen’s heart. She earned her medical certification from UEI College in Gardena and has plans to continue her schooling to become a nurse with hopes of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. Kathleen was a youth leader in Torrance for four years and embraces this opportunity to work with and mentor young people again. Kathleen finds peace listening to inspirational music, meditating, praying, driving on the coast, and getting in touch with nature.

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Ruben Flores
Ruben Flores

Overnight Clinical Assistant

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Ruben Flores received a medical assistant certificate from UEI College, and has a goal of becoming a registered nurse. Ruben developed invaluable experience working in group homes for the last 5 years and enjoys bonding with clients and assisting them with their varied needs. Ruben is bilingual.

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Navonte Mcneal
Navonte Mcneal

Overnight Clinical Assistant

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Navonte Mcneal has a passion for working in health care. Navonte is an overnight clinical assistant, where he greatly enjoys working with adolescents. In addition to Paradigm, Navonte works at a local hospital, helping and assisting with patient care.

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Brandi Mendoza, B.A.
Brandi Mendoza, B.A.

Overnight Clinical Assistant

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Brandi Mendoza obtained an associate’s degree in natural sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Teacher Prep. Brandi also received a certificate of achievement in CSU general studies at Los Angeles Southwest Community College. She is currently working towards completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Brandi is a mental health advocate who has gravitated towards helping and supporting others. She always takes the extra steps to ensure that all her clients are left with a positive and uplifting impact. Ever since she was young, Brandi knew that helping her community flourish was indeed her calling. Brandi enjoys creating artwork, going to the gym and boxing.

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Keileen Pivaral, CNA
Keileen Pivaral, CNA

Overnight Clinical Assistant

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Keileen joined the Paradigm team because she loves how Paradigm provides teens and young adults a safe space to cope with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. She believes in the importance of mental health and has compassion for her patients. She has worked in a variety of units including geriatric, psych, med/surg, and subacute. She has been a licensed CNA for seven years, is CPR-certified, and earned both her Mab Pro and Fire and Safety cards. In her free time, Keileen enjoys reading books in the genres of thriller, horror, and manga, and going to the beach.

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Angela Du, B.S.
Angela Du, B.S.

Program Coordinator – Beach House Program

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Angela Du graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychobiology and a Minor in Global Health. During her college experience, she facilitated workshops for teens on pursuing their interests and she was a peer mentor to students experiencing emotional and academic difficulties. Angela joined Paradigm to continue working as a mentor and advocate for youth. She believes that teens thrive with individualized support and open communication, especially teens who have been socially isolated, bullied, or stigmatized. She encourages teens to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and to listen to and value different life experiences and perspectives. In addition to enjoying her work with the teens at Paradigm, she spends time with her friends and is studying to enter medical school.

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Breana Harris, M.F.A
Breana Harris, M.F.A

Overnight Coordinator

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Breana Harris holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from California State University Northridge and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Portland State University. Growing up in Las Vegas, she wrote and performed community theater at therapeutic counseling centers and residential programs for teens. Breana has served as an editor and columnist for a newspaper, during which time, she mentored a staff of young writers. Before coming to Paradigm, she was an SAT and ACT preparatory consultant who specialized in the essay portions of college entrance tests. Breana is passionate about film, theater, and literature and enjoys connecting with youth. She believes in the benefits of writing as a therapeutic tool for unpacking teen depression, trauma, and self-harming behaviors.

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Experiential Team

Dr. Vallerie E. Coleman, Ph.D., Psy.D. #12592

Dr. Vallerie E. Coleman is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been in practice for over 20 years. She is the founder and Clinical Director of a successful equine therapy program and also maintains private practices in both Westlake Village and Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Coleman combines her expertise in psychology, group dynamics, and systems with her love and respect for horses maximizing the powerful capacity these magnificent animals have for facilitating human growth and development. Dr. Coleman’s approach is grounded in a combination of attachment theory, somatic psychology, and object relations theory. In addition to speaking at conferences and leading workshops, she has been on faculty at Loyola Marymount University, the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, and Antioch University. She has also been a guest expert on the Dr. Phil show and is a contributor in the recently released book: Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling.

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Dr. Lorraine Rose, Ph.D., Psy.D. #12803
Dr. Lorraine Rose, Ph.D., Psy.D. #12803

EAGALA Equine Assisted Psychotherapist

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Lorraine Rose, PhD is a clinical psychologist and EAGALA certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. She is also the Clinical Training Director at an outpatient counseling center and maintains a private practices in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village. In her private practice, Dr. Rose specializes in working with couples and families struggling with a wide range of issues. At Paradigm Malibu, she uses equine therapy to explore family dynamics and for the provision of teen depression treatment, teen anxiety treatment and teen addiction treatment.

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Victoria Alvarez, B.A., M.S., R-DMT
Victoria Alvarez, B.A., M.S., R-DMT

Clinical Assistant & Dance/Movement Therapist

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As a registered dance/movement therapist, Victoria leads dance/movement therapy groups at Paradigm Treatment for teens and young adults with mental health illness. Victoria’s mission is to use dance and movement for therapeutic healing and has experience working with children, teens, and adults who have autism, mental health challenges and substance use disorders. Victoria is a co-creator and program director for Let’s Dance It Out, LLC, a therapeutic movement program that promotes social, emotional, and cognitive skills for adults with developmental disabilities in Santa Monica. She graduated from California State University, Northridge where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored in Dance. She completed her Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute in 2020. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and creating art.

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Tulsi Bagnoli, B.A., M.A.
Tulsi Bagnoli, B.A., M.A.

Soundbath Facilitator, Yoga & Meditation Instructor

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As a believer in the healing power of sound to release deep-rooted stress and strains and to simultaneously awaken the individual to their higher power or true nature, Tulsi is passionate about sharing the ancient practices of yoga and meditation with the youth of today and helping people awaken to the untapped energy that flows within us all. She specializes in Soundbath meditation, Yoga Nidra, and yoga for healing and recovery. Tulsi is a second-generation meditation teacher who has been practicing yoga and meditation since the age of four and teaching professionally throughout the U.S. and India for the past 15 years. She earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vedic Science from Maharishi University in Iowa and completed six months in residence meditation teacher training. In addition, Tulsi has completed 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training from India and LMU in Los Angeles. She previously taught yoga and meditation for youth and adults in residential treatment and sober living centers. Tulsi’s interests outside of work include hiking, camping, dance, music, astrology, kirtan, yoga, and meditation.

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Summer Lall, MT-BC, #CBMT08757

Summer Lall is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a Board Certified Music Therapist. She has devoted her career to working with youth who are struggling with drug abuse, addiction, emotional health and behavioral health issues. Summer uses a wide range of music modalities to assist teens in their healing process. This includes, but is not limited to the use of a diverse selection of instruments, songs, song writing, improvisational and relaxation techniques to establish non-musical goals.
Prior to joining the Paradigm Malibu team, Summer worked with young people in schools, hospitals, psychiatric programs, hospice care, camps, and teen treatment centers. In addition to her broad local outreach, Summer’s work with music has taken her to locations throughout the world ranging from Europe to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Samoa. She provides both group and individual Music Therapy Sessions to adolescents at Paradigm Malibu. Summer’s commitment to empowering young people though the use of Music makes her an invaluable member of our team.

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Josh Ruiz
Josh Ruiz

Equestrian Trail Guide

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Josh Ruiz is the lead Trail Guide for Paradigm Malibu. He shares his love of horses and nature with youth struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, and chemical dependency issues. Josh comes from a long line of horsemen, going back to his great grandfather who raised prized palomino horses in the San Fernando Valley. Having grown up with horses, Josh learned first hand how individuals can improve their non-verbal communication skills, assertiveness, creative thinking, problem-solving and leadership skills while interacting with horses.

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Academics

Matthew Siegel, M.F.A.
Matthew Siegel, M.F.A.

Director of Education and Transition Planning

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Matthew Siegel is a graduate of Hampshire College with a Master of Fine Arts degree in English from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. In addition to being a widely published writer, he has taught rhetoric at the University of Iowa, and English at Santa Rosa Junior College, Harvard-Westlake School, and New Roads School. Matt has volunteered extensively with high-risk teens and has a passion for rekindling educational interest, growth, and achievement in youth who are working through adolescent anxiety and depression. His comfort and interest in residential programs stem from his educational experiences at a college preparatory boarding school in Massachusetts. In his free time, Matt hikes with his dog and explores the many cultural offerings of Los Angeles.

Watch Matt’s YouTube interview below.

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Drew Hollingsworth, RADT

As a Lead Recovery Coach for Sustain Recovery, Drew used a balance of clinical interventions, 12 step recovery and holistic modalities to help adolescents create a positive environment and to address their addictions. He was a Youth Care Specialist for a Substance Abuse residential and day treatment center in Schereville, Indiana. Drew believes in a humanist approach to recovery and change, treating the whole unique person using both cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy. He is a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician, a member of California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals, and is experienced with Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Bridge Building, Anti-Epileptic drug therapy and first aid. In his free time, he enjoys art, writing, hiking, sports and outdoor activities.

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Brittany Matyus, B.A.
Brittany Matyus, B.A.

Education Coordinator

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Brittany graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University Northridge with her Bachelor’s of the Arts degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is a current member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Brittany’s passion lies in empowering youth to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be. She helps adolescents develop their confidence and realize their strengths, by highlighting the positive characteristics that already reside within them, so that they are able to attain their full potential.

Brittany has been working with at risk youth who struggle with mental health, substance abuse, self-harm and victims of domestic violence since 2011. Prior to becoming part of the Paradigm Team Brittany was a mentor at a residential transitional treatment center for at-risk foster teens transitioning out of the foster care system. She collaborated in program development for general health, hygiene, self-empowerment and “entering the work force,” curriculum. The program supported the youth’s confidence development, to better prepare them for transitioning out of the system, into assertive members of society successfully. Brittany also interned as an advocate at the Domestic Abuse Self-Help (DASH) Center in the Van Nuys Court House. While interning at DASH she advocated for victims throughout the court process, wrote their dictated declarations to be read in court, helped complete necessary paperwork and filed court orders to grant temporary restraining orders.

Brittany’s other passion lies in fitness, health and wellness. She is a National Association of Sports and Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer. She is a Certified Lagree Fitness Trainer, has a Pilates certification and has been a fitness coach for circuit training and cycle since 2012. She believes the mind, body and spirt work in unity best with one another when an individual’s mental and physical health are a priority and taken care of. Brittany’s favorite things to do for self-care revolve around things on, in or near the ocean including scuba diving, hiking and paddle boarding.

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Marketing & Admissions

Jolleen Nase, B.A.
Jolleen Nase, B.A.

National Director of Business Development

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Jolleen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Strategic & Organizational Communications from Temple University. As Director of Business Development for Paradigm, she is responsible for maintaining relationships with clients and vendors, developing, mentoring, and expanding the brand’s sales team, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships within the communities that Paradigm serves. Jolleen brings over a decade of outreach, management, events, sales, and marketing experience to Paradigm. She served as Director of Regional Outreach for Alsana, Los Angeles, where she developed and hosted educational events and tours and she was responsible for partnerships and admissions referrals. Ms. Nase was also Director of Admissions & Outreach for Fusion Academy in Woodland Hills, CA, where she was responsible for marketing, outreach and event management.

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Jesse Carillo, B.A., CFI
Jesse Carillo, B.A., CFI

Admissions Coordinator

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As a Certified Family Interventionist, Jesse strives to approach each individual and their struggling family unit with patience, understanding, and respect. He recognizes that emergent situations often seem hopeless, but his goal is to empower youth and help them find working solutions. Jesses use 12-Step modalities, motivational interviewing, and creative therapies including art, music, and writing. Jesse worked at a recovery center for five years and has volunteered at multiple recovery events in the New England area for the AA program, H&I commitments, conventions and fundraisers. Jesse earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He enjoys exercise, the outdoors, cooking, music, and spending time with animals when he is not working.

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Megan Cleary
Megan Cleary

Admissions Coordinator

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Having been in recovery from alcoholism for 10 years, and also having struggled with anxiety and an eating disorder, Megan is familiar with the fear of stigma, but also, the healing process. She believes in meeting each individual where they are, allowing them the autonomy to pursue whichever path of treatment is most beneficial for them. She loves to work with families, because she believes they experience just as much trauma, fear, and shame as the individual seeking treatment. She enjoys talking to families about what to expect, and helping them navigate the overwhelming process of admitting their loved one into a treatment program. It is her passion to help each person she encounters feel comfortable, safe, and understood. Megan believes every individual is different and has a different recovery and healing process. She enjoys working with CBT, DBT, ART, EMDR, and experiential therapeutic modalities. She was the director of admissions at Desert Cove Recovery, a business development representative at First Step Center, admissions representative at Denver Recovery Center and at The Raleigh. Megan has volunteered with hospitals and institutions bringing Narcotics Anonymous meetings and at Youth Detention Institute. Megan has earned CPR certification, first aid certification and level one fingerprint clearance. Megan enjoys yoga, not only for the physical benefits, but being able to expand her mindfulness, gratitude, and openness to the world.

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Arika Isaacson
Arika Isaacson

Admissions Coordinator

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Arika is a seasoned admissions professional who has worked at a number of high-quality substance use disorder and mental health treatment centers. At Paradigm, she takes a compassionate yet thorough approach to admissions fielding inquiries, conducting assessments, and guiding families through verification of benefits. In her time away from work she likes golfing, hiking, yoga, and advocating for animal welfare.

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Sydney Marino, B.A., M.A.
Sydney Marino, B.A., M.A.

Admissions Coordinator

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As Paradigm Treatment’s Admissions Manager, Sydney handles all incoming admissions requests including questions pertaining to insurance and related financial matters. Sydney also interfaces with clients, families, and our internal team to ensure that our admissions processes are running smoothly and that our programs are accurately messaged to both clients and affiliates.

Sydney has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Addiction & Recovery from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Cal Lutheran University. Sydney is passionate about assisting individuals and their families navigate their unique challenges and circumstances so as to best achieve their goals. When she isn’t working, Sydney enjoys hiking, traveling, and international cuisine.

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Malibu Administration

Andrew Kalinowski, B.S., CPA, CMA

Andrew graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration, with a minor in Finance and Spanish. Andrew is a CPA and CMA with an extensive background in financial advisory, operational, and organizational experience. Outside of Paradigm, Andrew is driven to give back to the community and does volunteer work with Junior Achievement as well as consulting with minority-owned non-profit businesses. 

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Emily Armour, M.A., LPCC, NCC
Emily Armour, M.A., LPCC, NCC

Director of Special Projects

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Emily Armour is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Nationally Certified Counselor who graduated from Walden University with her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baylor University. Prior to joining Paradigm, Emily worked with adolescents and their families in a variety of settings that included schools, Juvenile Hall, and outpatient facilities. She has extensive experience in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, high risk behaviors, parenting and co-parenting support, and addiction-related issues. She is a certified telemental health provider, certified clinical anxiety treatment provider, and possesses additional training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and motivational interviewing (MI). Emily uses an integrative and eclectic approach to treatment based on the client’s needs and presenting issues. Her experience in the field has made her intimately familiar with the pressures, hardships, and life stressors that often can become debilitating for youth and their families. She works to fully understand the core issues that are causing maladaptive behaviors, how they impact the individual, and family and create more personal insight so that her clients are able to gain a sense of intrinsic motivation, develop a positive sense of self, feel better, and better interact with themselves and the world.

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Carla Balou, M.B.A.
Carla Balou, M.B.A.

Director of Revenue Cycle

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With three decades of solid and progressive experience, Carla has had an accomplished career in the healthcare industry. She has served a Director of Revenue Cycle for the last ten years and describes herself as a mentor with both strategic planning and diplomatic skills. Carla earned her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix with a concentration in healthcare management. In her free time, Carla enjoys cycling, weight-lifting, and creating jewelry and 3D design.

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Avonlea Ware, M.A.
Avonlea Ware, M.A.

Director of Compliance and Client Services

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Avonlea Ware holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, where she also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. She joined Paradigm as a Clinical Assistant and worked with young clients for a handful of years before moving into her current position. She is a high energy team player who has a broad range of interpersonal and administrative skills and who strives to meet the needs of clients and families. Having traveled and lived throughout Europe, India, and the Middle East, Avonlea developed a focus on conflict resolution and communication skills, which she believes are assets to teens struggling to find their place in the world. When Avonlea is not working she enjoys spending time at the beach, gardening, and connecting more with the world around her.

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Guy Ashton, B.S.

Guy oversees the Financing and Accounting division, including vendor relations, daily correspondence, monthly and quarterly financial reporting across multiple categories. Guy holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting Sciences from the University of South Africa, with an emphasis on Accounting and Audit. He has over 20 years of experience working in various industries as an accountant, including 9 years with CBS Television and 5 years at Twentieth Century Fox. Guy has a passion for numbers and the overall viability of the organization. Guy has traveled the world and his other interests include running, golf, and art.

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Lindsay Fenton, B.A., M.S., CMHC

Lindsay has a BA in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University, and a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix.  She is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) in Utah, and is in the process of getting her LPCC license in California. After growing up in the Los Angeles area, Lindsay relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah in 2009, where she attended graduate school, and started her therapy career.  She soon found her passion for helping facilities and clients with insurance authorizations and has worked with numerous adolescent and adult mental health and substance abuse facilities across the country. Her behind the scenes clinical work with insurance companies allows clients and their families to focus on receiving the lifesaving treatment they need without the added financial burdens and headaches of dealing with insurance.  Lindsay is also a skilled clinician; she is EMDR trained, trauma focused, and specializes in substance dependence and addiction. After a decade in Salt Lake City, Lindsay moved back home to the Los Angeles area in 2021 to be closer to her family, and work with Paradigm.   

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Debora Garcia

Debora’s experience includes being a business owner for 9 years and working for 20 years in customer service. She actively facilitates client communication to and from Paradigm’s clinical team and enjoy establishing caring relationships with patients. Maintaining constructive communication is one of my top priorities. I am also proficient in computer applications and maintain a high commitment to accuracy and efficiency. Debora enjoys spending time with family and likes to stay active with her husband and daughters. She also enjoys bike rides and hiking.

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Channelle Collins
Channelle Collins

Billing & Collection Specialist

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After attending Antelope Valley Medical College where she earned a medical billing certificate, Chanelle began her career in a treatment center facility, working as a collector and junior biller. She enjoyed helping the center increase funds and helping others in need of treatment. In her time off, she enjoys dancing, going to concerts, and traveling to new places.

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Emma Cosford, B.S.
Emma Cosford, B.S.

Collections Specialist

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Emma has been with Paradigm since June 2020 and recently joined our billing department. Prior to Paradigm, Emma lived in Brooklyn, New York, working in footwear design after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology with her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Economics. Having transitioned from the fashion industry, Emma is grateful to be part of a company that is helping the community and our youth. Outside of work, Emma loves working out, hiking, surfing and traveling whether it be across the world, visiting family in Vancouver, or camping in Big Sur.

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Nutrition

Regan Wilson, B.A.
Regan Wilson, B.A.

Director of Wellness & Nutrition

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Regan Wilson has been teaching yoga and studying holistic health and wellness for 20 years. Regan graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder, and later from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) with a specialization on gut-affected psychological symptoms. More recently she graduated from The Sleep Coach School with a focus on teenagers and young adults. Her prir positions span many industries including non-profit organizations, fashion and real estate. Ultimately, she found she was most passionate about health and helping teens and young adults cultivate their intuitive voices for healthier eating, sleeping, movement and beyond.

In 2019 Regan started working as a Clinical Assistant at Paradigm, where she was able to learn about the effects of psychology on health and the need for support with teens and young adults who struggle with mental health. Regan is also educated in nutrition counseling, mindful eating, intuitive eating, eating disorders and yoga therapy. Regan likes to guide her clients to tap into their inner resources and shine light on their own intuitive voices, creating space for more self-compassion and healthy eating habits. Regan is approachable and compassionate and loves witnessing her clients find the tools that work for them and apply these tools to all avenues of healthy living. Her hope for all clients is for them to honor their own body, humanity, taste buds, hunger and fullness. Regan loves traveling, ecstatic dance, hiking, nature and cooking. 

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Patro Lopez

From the love that his family’s cooking brought his childhood, Patro Lopez knew at a young age that a career as a chef was the profession he wanted to pursue. This passion would lead Patro to train under the leadership of several renowned chefs specializing in a variety of culinary origins. Patro’s creations cross several cultural and geographic borders, consisting of recipes derived from Mexican, Italian, and Japanese cuisine, among others. Patro seeks out opportunities to assist youth in developing a refined sense of self and meaningful relationships through sharing nutritious, inspired meals.

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Carrie Mostow, A.S.

Carrie obtained her Associate’s of Science degree in Patisserie and Baking from Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California. With extensive experience in catering, residential facilities and restaurants, she brings passion for her craft and a skilled approach to her work each and every day. Carrie believes that by helping people shape their diets, we can improve their mental health. Her love for cooking and baking started at a young age, beginning with preparing meals for her large family and experimenting with new recipes and flavors. At Paradigm, Carrie particularly enjoys client interactions, as well as providing the knowledge needed to help create a well-rounded diet. When she isn’t working, she enjoys challenging hikes and taking adventures outdoors.

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