Avalon Staff

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.

LEADERSHIP
Hillary Berens

Hillary Berens, PsyD, LMFT

Interim CEO & Clinical Director

Dr. Hillary Berens is the Clinical Director of Avalon Malibu.

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Beata Lundeen

Beata Lundeen

Director of Business Development

Ms. Lundeen is a seasoned and polished healthcare and behavioral healthcare professional with exceptional leadership, business development and marketing skills.

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Erika Byers

Erika Byers

Director of Operations & HR

Erika Byers is the Director of Operations and HR at Avalon Malibu.

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Matt Torrington, M.D.

Matt Torrington, M.D.

Addictionologist / Internist

Matthew A. Torrington, M.D., is a board certified Family Medicine physician with a specialty in Addiction Medicine.

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Shahla Modir, M.D.

Shahla Modir, M.D.

Psychiatrist

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.

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Lisa Benya, D.O.

Lisa Benya, D.O.

Internist
Meredith Sagan, M.D.

Meredith Sagan, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Meredith Sagan, MD is a UCLA Semel Institute trained Psychiatrist who is on the cutting edge of the integrative medicine movement.

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Greg Schwarz

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.

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Scottie-Dahme

Scottie Dahme, RAS, CCDS, CAS

Operation Manager
Jenny Hirsch

Jenny Hirsch

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.

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Pinky Lakhani

Pinky Lakhani, MS

Director of Family Programs

Pinky has extensive experience working with victims of domestic violence, trauma, eating disorders, addictions, sexual abuse and relationship issues.

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Melanie Baines

Melanie Baines

Financial Advisor
ADMISSIONS
Kelly Sweeney

Kelly Sweeney

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.

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Cyrus Gandhi, CADCA

Cyrus Gandhi, CADCA

Admissions Coordinator

Cyrus is a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the state of California and received his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Allyson Trudgeon

Allyson Trudgeon

Admissions Coordinator

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.

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CLINICIAL
Justin Leitstein, MFTi

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.

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Laureen Worden

Laureen Worden, PhD

Primary Therapist

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.

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Andrew D. Greif, MFT

Andrew D. Greif, MFT

Therapist

Andrew D. Greif is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Interventionist in private practice in Burbank and Valencia, California.

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Mike Rechtien, MA, RASI

Mike Rechtien, MA, RASI

Therapist

Mike Rechtien earned his Master's from Lindenwood University in St. Louis.

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Christopher Causey

Christopher Causey, MA, RASI

Therapist

Chris comes to Avalon with over 9 years experience in the Substance Abuse and Trauma Resolution Field.

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Sydnie Ridley

Sydnie Ridley, MFT

ED Specialist

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.

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Wendy Roehr

Wendy Roehr, MFTI

Aftercare Therapist

Wendy received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge. Wendy has gained a wealth of experience during her counseling career working with individuals in trauma, addiction, adoption and family reunification, mental health and co-occurring disorders.

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Rachel-Abroms

Rachel Abroms, MA

Group Facilitator

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.

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Aaron-Lohr

Aaron Lohr, MA, RASi

Client Liaison & Recovery Specialist

Aaron Lohr serves as Avalon's Client Liaison and Recovery Specialist and has been a member of Avalon's staff since its opening.

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WELLNESS
Eric Scrosoppi, RN

Eric Scrosoppi, RN

Wellness Director

Eric is a Registered Nurse with 10 years experience.

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Annie Chester

Annie Chester, RN

Nurse
Cherie Asjes

Cherie Martin, LVN

Nurse
Edna Hernandez

Edna Hernandez, LVN

Nurse
Paul Lee

Paul Lee

Resident Advocate

Paul has worked in recovery since 2008 and is a Registered Recovery Worker with CAADAC.

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Rebecca Gupton

Rebecca Gupton

Resident Advocate

Rebecca Gupton was born and raised in Ventura California.

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Cody Carrara

Cody Carrara

Resident Advocate

Cody is a native of Malibu who has worked in several of the local premier dual diagnosis recovery centers for the last two years.

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Sean Brundrett

Sean Brundrett

Resident Advocate

My name is Sean Brundrett and I am the overnight R/A at The Cottage House.

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Joe Greeley

Joe Greeley

Resident Advocate

Joe Greeley was born and raised in Southern California.

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Heather Gall

Heather Gall

Resident Advocate
Garrett Stanford

Garrett Stanford

Resident Advocate
Gena Kopytov

Gena Kopytov

Resident Advocate
Lindsay Louderback

Lindsay Louderback, MFTI

Resident Advocate
Nicholas Tandberg

Nicholas Tandberg

Resident Advocate

Nicholas is a native of Southern California and graduated the CAARR Institute's Certified Addiction Specialist program.

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ADJUNCT
Roberto J. Cancel, MA, LMSW, TEP

Roberto J. Cancel, MA, LMSW, TEP

Psychodramatist

Roberto is a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

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Alexandra Carmel, L.Ac.

Alexandra Carmel, L.Ac.

Physician of Chinese Medicine, Herbalist, Holistic Nutritionist

Alexandra Carmel is a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist.

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Charlene Simpson

Charlene Simpson

Neurofeedback

Charlene brings her unique gifts and skill set to Avalon Malibu where she serves as our Neurofeedback Provider.

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Danielle-DeRosa

Danielle DeRosa

Massage Therapist
CONSULTANTS
Inger Hauge

Inger Hauge

Marketing
Alice Arabyan

Alice Arabyan

Marketing Assistant
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