Team of Dedicated Professionals
We demonstrate our commitment to excellence with clinical supervision and oversight. All staff participate in on going training and development by regularly attending conferences specific to substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. Click on the video to learn more about the staff at Avalon Malibu.
Jeff Schwartz, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Schwartz, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker ( LCSW) with over 30 years of experience in the addiction field.
Hillary Berens, PsyD, LMFT
Dr. Hillary Berens is the Clinical Director of Avalon Malibu.
Director of Business Development
Ms. Lundeen is a seasoned and polished healthcare and behavioral healthcare professional with exceptional leadership, business development and marketing skills.
Director of Operations & HR
Erika Byers is the Director of Operations and HR at Avalon Malibu.
Matt Torrington, M.D.
Addictionologist / Internist
Matthew A. Torrington, M.D., is a board certified Family Medicine physician with a specialty in Addiction Medicine.
Shahla Modir, M.D.
Shahla Modir, M.D. completed residency in General Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a 2 year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA Medical Center.
Meredith Sagan, M.D.
Meredith Sagan, MD is a UCLA Semel Institute trained Psychiatrist who is on the cutting edge of the integrative medicine movement.
Greg Schwarz, PsyD
Aftercare Program Director
Greg Schwarz, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years. He earned his Masters degree and Doctorate from California School of Professional Psychology, at Alliant International University with emphasis in clinical psychology.
Human Resources Manager
Jenny serves as the Human Resources Manager at Avalon Malibu. Jenny received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2011 from Pepperdine University, where she conducted and presented research on the effects of trauma and family illness on well-being.
Pinky Lakhani, MA
Director of Family Programs
Pinky has extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence, trauma, eating disorders, addictions, sexual abuse and relationship issues.
Director of Admissions
Kelly Sweeney has been working in the treatment field for over 10 years. With an extensive background in admissions and public relations, she is a dedicated and compassionate individual focused on helping those in need of finding treatment.
Cyrus Gandhi, CADCA
Cyrus is a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the state of California and received his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Allyson has worked in the field of recovery since 2008. Having worked in a multitude of treatment facilities across the country, Allyson brings a level of experience and compassion to prospective clients, their families, and referral sources.
Justin Leitstein, MFTi
Chemical Dependency Program Director
Justin studied addiction, culture, and identity at the New School in New York City, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Laureen Worden, PhD
As a licensed Psychologist for 20+ years, Dr. Laureen Worden has specialized in the treatment of Emotional Dysregulation, particularly with the populations of addictions and eating disorders, with both adults and adolescents.
Andrew D. Greif, MFT
Andrew D. Greif is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Interventionist in private practice in Burbank and Valencia, California.
Mike Rechtien, MA, RASI
Mike Rechtien earned his Master's from Lindenwood University in St. Louis.
Christopher Causey, MA, RASI
Chris comes to Avalon with over 9 years experience in the Substance Abuse and Trauma Resolution Field.
Sydnie Ridley, MFT
Sydnie, a Marriage and Family Therapist, has worked in the field of eating disorders since 1991, using her experiences both personally and professionally to successfully treat clients to full recovery.
Rachel Abroms received her Master's in Spiritual Psychology in 1999. She is currently studying Addictions counseling at UCLA and will soon receive her CAADAC credential.
Eric Scrosoppi, RN
Eric is a Registered Nurse with 10 years experience.
Paul has worked in recovery since 2008 and is a Registered Recovery Worker with CAADAC.
Rebecca Gupton was born and raised in Ventura California.
Discharge Planner / Alumni Coordinator
Kristen has been working as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor since 2010 and has received her certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from UCLA.
Resident Advisor, Shift Lead
Cody is a native of Malibu who has worked in several of the local premier dual diagnosis recovery centers for the last two years.
My name is Sean Brundrett and I am the overnight R/A at The Cottage House.
Joe Greeley was born and raised in Southern California.
Roberto J. Cancel, MA, LMSW, TEP
Roberto is a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.
Alexandra Carmel, L.Ac.
Physician of Chinese Medicine, Herbalist, Holistic Nutritionist
Alexandra Carmel is a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist.
Charlene brings her unique gifts and skill set to Avalon Malibu where she serves as our Neurofeedback Provider.