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My goal for Muir Wood has always been to create a setting that emphasizes kindness and compassion over confrontation and control. A program that promotes sustainable, life-long connections by providing teens and their parents an idyllic location coupled with caring, dedicated and highly qualified professionals who partner with families to find more effective ways to communicate and begin the process of healing.
I have been an advocate for children and families for over three decades. As an undergraduate and graduate student, and as a means to better understand how substance abuse and mental health issues intersected within my own family system, I worked with Hathaway Children’s Services in Sylmar, CA. Hathaway was an orphanage that cared for severely challenged children whose mothers were deceased or unable to care for them. Many of these kids came from alcoholic and abusive families. To this day, I remain a close mentor to residents of Hathaway that I met some 30 years ago. It is something that I am most proud of.
The first half of my professional career focused on working as an administrator for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment programs within large, non-profit Catholic hospitals, including the Sisters of Carondelet, St. Joseph’s and St. John’s in southern California. With a desire to have a greater immediate impact, I accepted the position of Executive Director of the then start up, Visions Adolescent Treatment Program in Los Angeles in 1999, helping launch their residential and outpatient programs. Seeing a need for adolescent treatment in Orange County, CA, in 2008 I developed the concept for Newport Academy and launched that program as Founder and Executive Director. I remained at Newport Academy for close to five years. Wanting to be closer to my family in northern California, and seeing the need for high quality treatment for struggling teens and families in the bay area, I started Muir Wood in 2013. Muir Wood is the culmination of my personal and professional experiences, and has become recognized nationally as a gold standard in adolescent care. David Smith, MD, FASAM, a past Medical Director for the State of California and past president for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, says of Muir Wood, “their highly individualized, credentialed, and gender-separate programming that focuses squarely on the family system, is a model for adolescent care. Muir Wood provides a unique setting that allows boys to feel valued and engaged. It is a place of light and hope for teens and their families.”
A graduate of UCLA, I’ve authored a number of articles and am frequently asked to speak on mental health, substance abuse, family systems, and paths to sustainable healing. I’m grateful to sit on community advisory boards in hope that my voice can be a catalyst for effective and thoughtful substance abuse and mental health policies, and as an advocate for the underserved.
A cyclist, surfer, endurance swimmer and runner, the outdoors have played a significant role in my life and are an essential component of the program at Muir Wood. “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,” – John Muir.
I live in Marin with my wife Basia, an operating room nurse and educator at UCSF. Basia is a constant inspiration and beacon in my life. Our dog Kia, who shadows me daily, is one of the hardest working canine caregivers at Muir Wood providing unconditional support for all the boys and families.
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Clinical & Medical Leadership
Liz Fischel, LCSW
Liz Fischel has a background in clinical program development and substance use disorders with over a decade of experience specializing in treating trauma and co-occurring disorders. Liz graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Psychiatric Social Work, then began her post-graduate career as a clinician working within the correctional system in Idaho as a therapist and clinical supervisor. She later transitioned to an outpatient clinic providing treatment for adults with substance use and psychiatric disorders. Due to the prevalence of post-traumatic stress that Liz observed in clinical practice, she became certified in EMDR, an evidence-based best practice intervention for the treatment of PTSD. Liz relocated to Denver, Colorado in 2012, where she began working as an LCSW in the Neuro/Trauma Critical Care Unit first at Swedish Medical Center and then at the University of Colorado Hospital. Based upon her experience working in the ICU and after receiving specialized training and education working with neuro-trauma patients, Liz was appointed a Faculty Position for the University of Colorado School of Medicine (Department of Neurosurgery) as a Clinical Instructor and Neuro-Psychotherapist. Liz worked for the University of Colorado Hospital for several years, including 3.5 years as a psychiatric consultant in the Emergency Department. Liz relocated to Northern California and accepted a position as Director of Outpatient Services for Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital in January of 2018. During her time at Aurora, Liz developed IOP/PHP programs for both adults and adolescents with often complex psychiatric presentations. She was responsible for clinical supervision and program development, regulatory compliance, interdisciplinary treatment planning, building and fostering community partnerships, and the overall implementation of outpatient programming for both adult and adolescent patients with primary psychiatric disorders and co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.
Burke Baldwin, LCSW
Burke Baldwin is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and certified alcohol and other drug counselor (CADC). He earned his Master of Social Work from Loyola University – Chicago, focusing on clinical mental health with a sub-specialization in children and family services.
Burke’s passion for his work comes from a life mission to create connection and belonging by healing his own wounds and building trust with others.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Burke also spent three years in the Kansas City Royals’ minor league organization before returning to college to finish his studies.
Prior to Muir Wood, Burke has worked in various roles within the therapeutic community, including classroom counselor in a therapeutic day school supporting children with Autism Spectrum and Social-Emotional disorders, social worker in a psychiatric inpatient adolescent boys unit, and primary therapist in a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) adherent IOP for teens with highly self-destructive behavior. Burke has also managed integrative programming for adults with co-occurring disorders in UHS hospital systems and Foundations Recovery Network-Chicago. Burke utilizes his private practice to explore holistic healing modalities and aid in spiritual-based recovery.
Burke spends his leisure time pursuing ancient wisdom and knowledge, studying different ideological belief systems, practicing meditation and further developing his consciousness in an effort to understand the human condition on a deeper level.
Carolyn Younger, LMFT
Family Program Director
Carolyn Younger is a Certified Clinical Supervisor, a Certified Clinician of Domestic Violence, and a Registered Drama Therapist with nearly 20 years of experience working with youth in a variety of therapeutic settings. After graduating from UC Berkeley’s Drama Department, she worked in theatre and films in London, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Carolyn received her Masters in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Drama Therapy, from California Institute of Integral Studies. During her tenure at McAuley’s Adolescent In Patient and the Acute Outpatient Programs, she worked with adolescents providing a safe and thoughtful environment to help youth feel comfortable exploring and discussing their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. She is passionate about establishing a therapeutic relationship with her clients and walk the path of healing and wholeness together, no matter how challenging that path may be, guiding each client toward a deeper understanding and connection with those around them and most importantly with them self. Carolyn has also worked in California Pacific Medical Center’s, Skilled Nursing Facility and Swindells Alzheimer’s Residential Program. Currently, she treats adult clients in Recovery at Center Point, San Rafael as well as with couples, families and individuals at Marin’s, Jewish Family and Children Services. She is also the clinical design coordinator and clinical therapist at Marin’s Center for Domestic Peace. Carolyn, a California native, grew up enjoying the beauty and the challenge of hiking the John Muir trail with her father. Today she continues to have the good fortune of gathering her daily strength and inspiration from nature in Marin County where she lives and works as well as from her family, friends and colleagues.
David Smith, M.D., DFASAM, FAACT
Chair, Addiction Medicine & Medical Quality Assurance Committee; Diplomate, American Society of Addiction Medicine
Dr. Smith is recognized as a national leader in addiction medicine, the psychopharmacology of drugs, new research strategies in the management of drug abuse problems, and the treatment of adolescent substance abuse. He is the founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics of San Francisco and has been honored as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”
Dr. Smith is a fellow and past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, past president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, past medical director for the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and past medical director for the California Collaborative Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research. In addition to his role as Chair of Addiction Medicine here at Muir Wood, Dr. Smith is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Smith is the founder and publisher of the
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs and co-editor of the International Addiction Infoline newsletter. In addition, he has authored or co-authored twenty-six books, written over 340 journal articles, edited twenty-eight journals, and been the technical consultant for twenty-eight drug abuse-related films.
Nicholas P.W. Reeves, MD
Psychiatrist, TMS Expert
After finishing his Psychiatry residency at UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Reeves went on to complete Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Reeves has particular expertise in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and schizophrenia (and related illnesses). The treatments he provides include medication management, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Suboxone/Buprenorphine maintenance therapy or Vivitrol for Opioid Addiction relapse prevention, detoxification for withdrawal, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness-based interventions.
Dr. Reeves is an expert psychopharmacologist – the person other psychiatrists turn to for psychopharmacology advice. While he may be an advanced psychopharmacologist, he also believes in utilizing medications only when necessary and continuously monitoring to determine whether a medication needs to be continued or can be stopped. Moreover, he is highly skilled in the selection of medications with the absolute minimum of long-term side effects.
Dr. Reeves has long been fascinated with, passionate about, and involved in research into cutting edge neuromodulation technologies that have no long-term side effects. During his residency at UCLA, he did research with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), including novel techniques such as deep TMS and paired-pulse TMS. He is thrilled to be able to offer TMS, a very exciting and promising treatment option, to patients at Mind Therapy Clinic.
Dr. Reeves continues to teach, lecture, and publish on a wide array of psychiatric topics when he is not working with his patients at Mind Therapy Clinic. He also has a regular meditation practice that he has found very beneficial for his psychological wellbeing, and his practice informs his use of mindfulness and other meditation interventions. In his free time, Dr. Reeves also enjoys spending time in nature, reading, enjoying film and music, and lifelong learning.
Karrin Genovese, M.D.
Karrin Genovese, MD graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BS in Exercise Physiology, then went on to get her medical degree at the University of St. Eustatuius in Netherlands, Antilles. She completed her residency in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Genovese spent much of her career practicing as a primary care physician in a multidisciplinary group in New York. Since moving to Northern California she maintains a private practice in Marin and works with Muir Wood caring for our residents and families. She is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association and the American Board of Family Medicine.
Mark Schiller, MD
Dr. Schiller is a Yale and University of Chicago trained psychiatrist who has been a leader in the development of technologies that provide an objective and effective basis for guiding psychiatric medical treatment.
He continues his research involvement in his role as Director of Medical Affairs of CNS Response, now Mynd Analytics; he is also the developer of referenced-EEG. In addition to his work on electrophysiological technology, Dr. Schiller also focuses on the medication treatment of a broad range of difficult-to-treat psychiatric disorders. These disorders include treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, adult attention deficit disorder and addiction. The latter is a focus of his work as a consultant for the Bayside Marin Center drug and alcohol program.
Lisa Sewell, RN
Lisa Sewell graduated from the College of Marin nursing program in 2010. Her nursing experience includes work as an OR nurse at San Francisco General Hospital, health services director at Aegis Living, and assistant director of nursing and charge nurse in skilled nursing facilities in the North Bay. She has a passion for working with young adults in recovery and is dedicated to helping her client’s achieve long-term sobriety. Lisa is thrilled to be working at North Bay Recovery Center with the exciting advances taking place in addiction medicine with new advances in genomics, dual-diagnosis applications, and medication assisted treatment for those in early sobriety. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys hiking, doing yoga, and spending time with her family and animals.
Basia Sowle, MSN/Ed., BSN, RN
Basia Sowle is a master’s level, registered nurse who was trained at NY Presbyterian Cornell Hospital in New York City, where she worked for years as a clinical specialist in Neurosurgery. Basia moved to California and was offered a position at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles where she was recognized as distinguished member of the adult and pediatric surgery departments. She was responsible for developing nursing assessments, education protocols regarding medications and treatment, documentation of care, and patient safety. In the past five years, Basia has been employed at UCSF as Clinical Nurse III. At UCSF, Basia was a candidate and recognized by the university for the prestigious DAISY award. Muir Wood is honored to have a nurse of this caliber at Muir Wood.
Barbara Nova, Ph.D.
Dr. Nova is a psychologist (License #23538) who provides psychological testing for the boys at Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services. She received her doctorate in 2004 and has specialized in working with children and adolescents that have issues including high conflict divorce, ADHD, trauma and loss, Asperger’s, and relationship difficulties. As part of the
Muir Wood clinical team, Dr. Nova attends the treatment team every Tuesday, providing feedback and interpretation of the psychological testing results. Recognized by her peers as a leader in the field, she serves on the Marin County Psychological Association Board and has been an adjunct faculty member at Dominican University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Nova adds, “What sets me apart from other child therapists is that I help parents understand and respond to the needs and messages behind their children’s behaviors.” Her specialties include psychological testing of adolescents who have learning issues, substance abuse issues, depression, anxiety and behavior problems.
Jenny Forman, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenny Forman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in psychological evaluations for individuals who have issues that include depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, substance abuse, relationship conflicts, personality disturbances, learning differences, and giftedness. She received her doctorate in 2004 and completed her pre- and post-doctorate studies at Family and Children’s Services in Palo Alto and at the Therapeutic Special Day Class Program at Los Altos High School. She subsequently co-founded two organizations that provide psychological and psychoeducational evaluations and psychotherapy. In her evaluations, she aims to address the whole person and prioritize each individual’s unique and specific needs in her recommendations.
Larissa Laska-Ruebusch, Psy.D.
Larissa received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has worked under the supervision of Muir Wood psychologist, Dr. Barbara Nova, for over two years providing integrative approaches based on psychodynamic relational theory and incorporating cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based techniques. As a Pre-Doctoral Intern at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy, Larissa provided psychological services at various sites throughout Marin County consulting with psychiatrists, psychologists, and school personnel. An integral part of Muir Wood’s psychological team, Larissa is also trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and in evidenced-based practices in family therapy. A recipient of the Academic Excellence Scholarship at the California School of Professional Psychology, Muir Wood is honored to have someone of Larissa’s caliber working with our families.
Carrie Sanders, MPH, LCSW
Carrie Sanders, MPH, LCSW is a Certified Family Therapist and has been in the field of substance abuse for nearly 17 years. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Carrie worked with teens at Planned Parenthood as a counselor and medical assistant and at the UCSF Breast Cancer Center helping to improve patient experience. Prior to her move to New York City in 2000, Carrie worked in Africa studying mother to child transmission of HIV with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Carrie then earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University and studied the effects of social media on smoking cessation. After graduating from Columbia University with an MPH in 2002, Carrie worked in substance abuse policy, researching prescription drug abuse.
Trained and certified as a Family Therapist at the Ackerman Institute, Carrie would be appointed Director of Family Services at the Freedom Institute, an outpatient substance abuse treatment program in New York City, where she would remain for almost a decade. At the Freedom Institute, Carrie designed, implemented and managed both the family therapy program and the intensive adolescent outpatient program as well as provided family, couples and individual therapy. Carrie specializes in working with families who have been impacted by substance abuse and mental health. Raised in the Bay Area, Carrie recently moved back after 18 years in New York City. She now has a private practice in San Francisco and also provides clinical supervision and trainings for Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services. Carrie is passionate about expanding the involvement of families in treatment in a supportive, compassionate and collaborative way.
David Laing, AMFT
David ‘DJ’ Laing is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and has over eight years experience working with adolescents struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. DJ received his Master of Arts in Psychology from Argosy University and is actively pursuing his Doctorate at Walden University. Prior to joining Muir Wood, DJ was the Primary Therapist at Sustain Recovery in Orange County, CA. Other notable positions have included Therapist for North Bay Recovery Center, Sober Coach with Shine a Light in northern California, and Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee with the Salvation Army in Oakland, CA. DJ’s skills as a therapist working with teens is well known in the bay area. He is also known to be incredibly kind and compassionate, with a personal perspective with the adolescents he works with.
Tracee Diaz, LMFT
Tracee is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Tracee has returned to Muir Wood after a six month leave where she had the opportunity to do some work for Kaiser Permanente’s Addiction Medicine Dept. Tracee has a multi-theoretical approach and is recognized for being able to meet clients where they are in their recovery process. For most of her career, Tracee has been working with teens and adults from all walks of life including people in the LGBTQ community. She is excited to be back at Muir Wood and continue her passion for working with teens and families.
Sierra Poppe, LMFT
Sierra is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 10 years of experience in working with drug and alcohol treatment. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her master’s in counseling psychology from Dominican University of California. She began working with addiction and recovery at Serenity Knolls Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program in 2002, where she worked with individuals and their families. She facilitated groups for residents including emotional literacy, communication, process groups, and family dynamics. Sierra was also involved in the family program at Serenity Knolls facilitating groups on codependency, intensive family therapy, and a teen child of alcoholics (COA) process group. For three years, Sierra worked in elementary and high schools offering support to students and their families facing challenges such as bullying, self-esteem issues, crisis support, divorce, relationship issues, ADHD, depression, anxiety, self-harm, school performance, drug and alcohol education and intervention, and identity issues. From 2011 to 2014, Sierra worked with the team at the Mind Therapy Clinic in Corte Madera, treating individuals with co-occurring disorders including bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. Currently, in addition to her role as a primary therapist at Muir Wood, Sierra sees individuals and families at her private practice in Petaluma, CA. Sierra meets with Muir Wood residents twice a week. Working from the framework that addiction stems from a desire to change how one feels, she helps clients explore and identify feelings, develop the language to communicate feelings, and learn cognitive and behavioral coping skills to replace the use of drugs, alcohol, and other maladaptive coping behaviors.
Bill Hoban, LMFT
Bill Hoban has more than 30 years of experience in both mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Prior to joining Muir Wood, Bill served as the clinical director for Visions Adolescent Treatment Program. Bill has held a number of other senior clinical positions, including program director for the inpatient Adolescent Treatment Program at Anacapa Adventist Hospital and clinical preceptor for the U.S. Navy at Naval Base Ventura County and Naval Base China Lake. As a preceptor, Bill is responsible for the supervision of naval alcohol and drug counselors. He was awarded Navy Preceptor of the Year for 2001.
James Moses, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychological Assessment
Dr. James Moses received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1974. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in 1973-1974. He has served as the Coordinator of the Psychological Assessment Unit at that facility since 1974. Since 1999 he has served as the Section Chief of Neuropsychology Programs at the VAPAHCS.
Dr. Moses is formally trained and credentialed as a school psychologist and licensed to practice in California as a clinical psychologist. He continues to pursue interests in lifespan developmental as well as clinical issues. He is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and in Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He also is a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, The Academy of Clinical Psychology, The American College of Clinical Neuropsychology, and of the American Psychological Society.
Dr. Moses was appointed as a member of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1975, and he was promoted to the rank of Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at that institution in 1994. He was promoted to Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus in 2005. He continues to provide didactic instruction as well as clinical consultation and supervision to medical students and residents and to teach on topics related to diagnostic neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry at Stanford Medical School.
Dr. Moses joined the PAU Faculty in the fall of 2002 as a part-time faculty member. He currently leads several neuropsychology research groups, supervises the clinical work of six advanced doctoral students, and teaches courses in the areas of intellectual assessment, neuropsychology and personality assessment at PAU. His primary research interests include neuropsychiatric differential diagnosis, construct and psychometric validation of cognitive and personality tests, and experimental design. He has written over 200 professional publications that include books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and reviews of books in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, neurobiology and related fields.
Administration and Admissions
Bryan Bowen CAS-II, CIP
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Bryan is a proven addiction treatment executive with a unique combination of experience in new business venture, management, business development, admissions, and intervention. With over 20 years in the treatment industry, Bryan got his start as an overnight tech and has worked his way up to be recognized as a National Leader in the Industry. Bryan has served on many non profit boards for recovery, addiction and intervention related organizations. These include; California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR), The Association of Intervention Specialists, The Helen Vine Detox Center and The Henry Ohlhoff Programs. Bryan’s philosophy on treatment is to provide the best clinical care and provide families with the education and resources they need to become an integral part of the healing process. He is an empathetic leader who creates teams that people want to be a part of. In his spare time, Bryan leads an active life in the beautiful surroundings of Northern California with his wife and daughter.
Maura brings close to two decades of business experience to Muir Wood in her role as Operations Manager. She had professionally worked in various areas of sales, marketing, finance, and operations before joining the Muir Wood Team in February 2018. Maura was born and raised in beautiful nearby Sonoma Valley and at 22 years of age, graduated cum laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business. At Muir Wood she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all Muir Wood properties and facilities, supporting Muir Wood’s mission, goals, and professional standards. Maura feels very fortunate to have landed at Muir Wood. She states, “it’s as if I have truly come home to help adolescents in the very same county where I was an adolescent myself.” Maura is passionate about helping others become the best version of themselves through living a healthy, balanced, sober, lifestyle and is extremely proud of the excellent care that the Muir Wood Team provides its clients.
Community Outreach and Family Support
Krista Mackinnon has specialized in mental health recovery education, curriculum development, group facilitation and community organizing since 2003. Her work is informed by her own lived experience of recovery from a childhood diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and from having family members in recovery. She created one of the first ever online family mental health recovery education programs, which has been utilized by over 1000 families across five continents, and has been contracted with agencies in Canada, Australia and the US. In Canada, she earned a diploma in social service work, and holds post graduate certificates in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, solution-focused counselling, wellness and recovery action planning, psychosocial rehabilitation, and teaching yoga from a therapeutic perspective. She is deeply fascinated by the intersection of wisdom traditions, personal/family transformation, and the healing power of connected online communities. She is inspired by Muir Wood’s strengths-based individualized approach to treatment. She is pleased to have the opportunity to support Muir Wood families and to provide outreach and education to the community. Krista is a Canadian expatriate to both Costa Rica and the United States, and is a proud mother of three wonderful kids.
Community Outreach – Southern California
Anna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University in 2014. During her time there, she learned the comprehensive idea of social settings, behaviors, and relationships. Her passion for helping others, different cultures and understanding how diverse the world is led her to want to become involved in a career that worked closely with other people. In college, Anna was the director of membership & service for a professional business fraternity called Alpha Kappa Psi. It was there that she gained experience in marketing, networking, and human relations. After college, she moved to Barcelona, Spain to teach English abroad and travel all over Europe. She joined the Engage team in 2017 and in her spare time you’ll find her playing her ukulele or on the next flight somewhere abroad!
Rene Genovese, CADC-II, ICADC
Director of Admissions and Utilization Review
Rene has worked in the field of substance abuse treatment for over sixteen years. She has experience in direct patient care working as a substance abuse counselor, program manager, and family counselor, as well as years of administrative experience working in various roles such as utilization review, admissions and intake coordination, marketing and outreach, and as a program director.
At Muir Wood, Rene is responsible for helping with the initial verification of insurance benefits and collaborating with insurance providers for authorization for treatment, continued utilization and ongoing insurance reviews, and insurance contracting for in-network and single case agreements
Rene has also been active in the community as an advocate for treatment and recovery. She has worked with clinical outreach to facilitate presentations to local area schools and community events in hopes of raising awareness about adolescent substance abuse, mental health, the benefits of treatment and the possibilities of sustained recovery.
Lindsey Fisher, CMHP
Lindsey Fisher is a compassionate and experienced healthcare business professional with ten years’ experience working in behavioral healthcare. Lindsey’s goal is to help the sometimes stressful admissions process to become more efficient and customer-focused by proving oversight, management, and most importantly, a non-judging, calm presence for the family. Lindsey works diligently towards her personal growth goals and loves working for a company whose mission and vision align with hers. Lindsey believes in working smart and hard, authenticity, kindness and professionalism. She has a special place in her heart for those afflicted by addiction and/or mental illness and feels fulfilled via her work with patients and families at Muir Wood Teen.
Rosa Larsen, MBA
Revenue Cycle Director
Rosa Larsen, a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Leadership, has nearly 20 years’ experience in directing the revenue cycle of residential treatment, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient facilities. In 1999, Rosa started her career at Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change where she served as the Business Manager until her departure 13 years later. She moved on to a billing company niched in mental health and substance abuse and served as the Chief Compliance Officer where she initiated an intensive employee training program, employee engagement program and initiated statistical data mining and measurement. In 2013, Rosa moved on to Newport Academy where she served as the Director of Family Financial Services.
Director of Compliance
Brent is an extremely respected professional in the field of behavioral health and addiction treatment with over two decades of experience working in executive level positions at many highly regarded treatment programs and organizations. Additionally, as a consultant, Brent has been instrumental in assisting many other programs with licensure, accreditation, compliance and regulatory issues. As the Director of Compliance for Muir Wood, Brent ensures that the facility is in compliance with all health and safety practices, monitors the policies and procedures to ensure they are in alignment with licensing, manages the program’s performance improvement planning and monthly meetings, monitors the electronic health records to ensure proper and timely documentation, monitors employee hiring practices and human resource compliance, and is a valued member of the executive leadership team at Muir Wood.
Jeff Erbst, MBA
Single-Subject Credentialed Teacher
Mr. Erbst holds a California Teaching Credential in Social Science and Business. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, studying Philosophy, Psychology and Art. He earned his Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands. He has enjoyed teaching a wide variety of high school classes including History, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Design, Journalism, Economics, and Online Learning. Mr. Erbst also has over twenty years of work business experience in Operations Management, Production Management, Information Systems Management and Software Development. A native of Anaheim, Mr. Erbst has been part of the Petaluma community since 1999 and volunteered as a coach and director for many youth sports programs including Petaluma American Little League, St. Vincent CYO, Petaluma United Soccer, and The Boys & Girls Club of Petaluma. He is in his second decade as the Boys’ Basketball Coach at Petaluma Junior High School. As a coach and teacher, Mr. Erbst is dedicated to helping teen boys develop the skills they will need to succeed in their next challenge.
Linda Pantoskey, B.A.
Multiple-Subject Credentialed Teacher
Linda is a State of CA multiple subject credentialed teacher and is CLAD (cross cultural language and academic development) certified. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of California, San Diego and completed all her Masters’ coursework in curriculum and development at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. An accomplished teacher with decades of experience, Linda has taught underserved populations and thrives working with students who require more support and encouragement. Through her many years of training other teachers to
use CAT assessments, Linda has learned the value of ongoing formative assessments and allowing students to take responsibility for their learning by tracking their progress. Linda has taught Special Education, including monitoring IEP’s, and has served on many leadership teams in various school districts. She was also a teacher-trainer for WRITE curriculum and Writing Across the Curriculum modules. In addition, Linda worked for Renaissance Learning training teachers and administrators on the best uses of computer adaptive assessment (CAT) and individualized-learning software programs. An exceptional gifted and seasoned educator, Linda is also an avid cyclist and loves to hike in Marin and Sonoma. Muir Wood is blessed to have someone as accomplished as Linda teach our boys.
Ian Cooper, CADC-I
Program Manager – Skillman North
Ian brings to Muir wood substantial experience working with individuals struggling with complex substance abuse issues. He also has many years of personal experience walking the road of long term recovery and is currently enrolled in community college and is waiting to attend either Cal State East Bay or Sonoma State for a BA in Psychology. Ian believes having fun in recovery is critical to staying sober and enjoys leading and playing in intramural sports.
Marc Andrade, CADC II, ICADC
Program Manager – Skillman South & Haverfield
As Program Manager for Muir Wood’s Haverfield campus, and soon to be opened Skillman Lane extended campus, Marc oversees management of those programs staff and facilities. He is also a certified group home administrator with the State of California, Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing. Prior to joining Muir Wood, Marc was the Program Manager for the DAAC Turning Point Program with Center Point in Santa Rosa, Clinical Counselor at Bayside Marin, and as the Outpatient Coordinator for Center Point in San Rafael. Marc also worked with Muir Wood when it first opened in 2013, as a lead Recovery Counselor. A certified counselor with the State of California, Marc has been recognized for his expertise in mental health treatment, crisis intervention, and substance abuse assessment. More importantly, he is widely respected by his peers at Muir Wood and the treatment community in the Bay Area as one of the most committed and compassionate professionals in this field.
Lead Resident Assistant
Oliver recently graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA degree in Psychology focusing on developmental psychology. His interest in the subject came from his own personal mental health struggles as an adolescent. As he got further in his schooling it became clear that his passion was working with adolescents who are dealing with similar issues that he once overcame. Oliver states, “I owe a lot of my life successes to the amazing mentors I had in my formational years, and my main goal at Muir Wood is to be a role model and mentor to the youth during the most difficult part of there young lives.” His future goal is to pursue a master’s degree in psychology and eventually be a licensed clinician.
Lead Resident Assistant
After 25 years of superior customer service, sales, and managerial adventures in the business and corporate sector, Gary Drocco chose to resign his position as president of Diablo Retail Systems. This allowed him to focus his time and energy on establishing more profound individual relationships through business and life coaching. In 2011, he decided to blend his existing work experience in training, coaching, and management with that of his collegiate background and interests in psychology, sociology, and counseling. He has a B.A. from Whittier College in psychology, with relational knowledge and collegiate course work in adolescent, child, adult, exceptional, experimental, abnormal, behavioral, and clinical psychology. Collegiate course work and relational career coaching include marriage and family, personal and family health, casework management, and substance abuse counseling. For the last two years, he has worked with Aldea Children and Family Services in Napa, CA, as a residential treatment counselor (RTS). As an RTS, he provides supervision, support, and instruction to adolescent boys ages 12–19 in a variety of activities and environments, including behavioral, educational, and vocational instruction in order to achieve and exceed client goals and objectives.
Lead Resident Assistant
Delilah received her psychiatric technician license from Napa Valley College and her Associate of Science Degree in Social and Behavioral Science from Santa Rosa Junior College. She has an infectious passion for helping others and learning about the disease of addiction and mental health. Delilah states, “In school I found my passion for psychology leading me to the psychiatric technician program. In that program I further found my passion of helping others suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse.” She adds, “ my goal is to improve individuals lives and the lives of their families by educating, teaching and applying all I’ve learned.” Muir Wood is blessed to have Delilah as a role model for the boys we work with.
Lead Resident Assistant
Chris is passionate about the work we do here at Muir Wood. He has been sober for a number of years and identifies with the young men we see everyday on campus. He recognizes in them the struggle he once had as a young man and the opportunity that personal recovery can bring. In Chris’s own words, “I owe my life to my recovery. I’ve made myself a student of the recovery principles and understand the disease of addiction and the difference a good Counselor can make in someones life.” Muir Wood is blessed to have him working with our young men. Chris is working towards a PhD in Physics and remains quite active in the young-persons fellowship of AA.
Lead Resident Assistant
Luke is passionate about the work he does at Muir Wood. He brings to Muir Wood the experience of being sober at a young age. Luke attended an adolescent rehab himself, has been sober for over four years now, and is active in the Sonoma county young-persons fellowship. Actively pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Psychology at Sonoma State University, Luke plans to transfer to the University of California Berkeley to complete a Masters Degree in Social Work and to eventually become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has been working with adolescents in early recovery for over two years and brings personal experience and empathy to the young men he works closely with at Muir Wood. Luke believes in the importance of a positive, sober, supportive peer group and is actively involved in the community supporting other young people providing compassionate guidance. He is an example to all the boys at Muir Wood of what is possible when in active recovery.
Rafael Villanueva Pulido
Co-Lead Resident Assistant
Rafael has been with Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services for over two years as a Recovery Counselor. Rafael is recognized by his peers and by the residents’ family members as an extremely caring and compassionate person and caregiver to the boys at Muir Wood. He is dedicated to the work he does with our families and his calm and quiet confidence is a beacon of hope for the residents.
At Muir Wood, Cathy is known by staff and families alike as kind and considerate, with over 20 years of personal recovery. She has been the manager and coach of a clean and sober softball team based out of Sonoma County for over 15 years. Cathy has overcome great obstacles and always remains true to living a life in recovery and to be of service to others. She loves to share her knowledge of what she has learned and still remains teachable. Since joining the Muir Wood team, she has learned that her love for life and her compassion for others is one of her best assets when working with the teens. She also knows where to set boundaries and when to just listen. Muir Wood is blessed to have such a caring person as Cathy working with our boys and families.
Rawland Glass, M.S.W., LCSW
Family Therapist, Co-Dependency Specialist
Rawland Glass works with Muir Wood as a family therapist and as part of the Saturday Family Program. Rawly is a nationally recognized presenter on co-dependency and was the recipient of the Addiction Professional Outstanding Clinician award in 2012. He has been a practicing therapist for over 15 years and involved in the field of social work for over 30 years. Rawly holds a B.S.W. from Pacific Union College and a M.S.W. from Walla Walla University in Washington, with a dual emphasis on clinical work with children and adolescents along with addiction treatment. Rawly’s sincerity, obvious compassion, and commitment to the families and teens at Muir Wood make him a favorite at the Saturday Family Program presentations.
Lisa Frederiksen, B.A.
Group Facilitator, Family Program
Lisa Frederiksen is the author of nine books and a national keynote speaker with 25 years of experience. She has been consulting, researching, writing, and speaking on substance abuse, addiction as a brain disease, education/prevention/intervention and treatment, dual diagnosis, secondhand drinking and drugging, underage drinking, and help for the family centered around 21st-century brain- and addiction-related research since 2003. Her 40+ years experience with family and friends’ alcohol abuse, her own therapy and recovery work around those experiences, and her research for her blog and most recent books, Crossing The Line From Alcohol Use to Abuse to Dependence, Loved One In Treatment? Now What!, and If You Loved Me, You’d Stop!, frame her work.
Two of these have been translated into Spanish and published by Editores Mexicanos Unidos, S.A. and are titled Si me amaras … dejarías de beber and Adicciones and Codependencia, El ser querido bajo tratamiento… ¡Y ahora qué! Lisa’s clients include Stanford Medical School students completing the eating disorders/addiction rotation, Ft. Irwin National Training Center troops and personnel, County of Santa Clara Department of Alcohol & Drug Services Learning Institute, U.S. Forest Service districts and regions, California Police Activities League, family law attorneys, clinicians, medical social workers, domestic violence professionals, families, students, community coalitions, the National Alliance of Mental Illness Santa Clara, and the like. Lisa founded BreakingTheCycles.com in 2008 as part of Lisa Frederiksen Associates, LLC, and writes a blog of the same name. In 2011, Caroll Fowler, MA, MFT, joined Lisa to work with families to develop family continuing care plans to help families continue and support their respective recoveries after a loved one’s initial
treatment. She is a contributing blogger for The Parent ToolKit at The Partnership at DrugFree.org and is a substance abuse/mental illness MCLE (continuing education) provider for the California Bar Association. She has appeared as a guest on numerous radio, television, and internet radio programs covering the issues surrounding the family disease of addiction.
Bruce Killen, MFT, CHT
Bruce Killen is a bilingual licensed marriage and family therapist (1996–present) and a certified clinical hypnotherapist (2011–2013). He has worked with English and Spanish-speaking families, teens, children, couples, and groups since 1991, when he began studies at Notre Dame de Namur University, graduating with honors in 1994. Clinical internships included the College of San Mateo, San Mateo County Mental Health, Parkside Elementary School, and St. Vincent’s School for Boys, where he still does family and individual therapy with Latino clients. Bruce’s clinical interests and areas of focus and specialization include a strengths-based overview working with trauma, attachment challenges, stress, dual diagnoses, risk assessment and treatment of aggression, forensic counseling, and more, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), EMDR, hypnotherapy (and its many related tools, such as mindfulness mediation, relaxation, visualization, and focusing), and emotion-focused modalities, among others. Bruce is engaged in doctoral studies at Ryokan College, working toward a doctorate in psychology with a focus on marriage and family therapy and, in particular, stress reduction, interpersonal neurobiology, and hypnotherapy in working with Latinos and non-Latinos alike. He is the lucky father of a college-attending son and high school daughter, both soccer and music lovers, and loves to hike, mountain bike, play guitar, spend time with friends and family, travel, and learn.
Certified Equine Guided Educator
Julie Bridge, the founder of Mearas, has been steeped in the exploration of purpose driven leadership, social and emotional intelligence, creating meaning in the workplace and organizational development for over twenty-five years. Through her own personal development and decades of work with Fortune 500 companies, Julie has developed a deep understanding of the dynamics that can drive an organization to mastery or mediocrity. As a lifelong equestrian, Julie understands the power of the horse/human relationship, and the powerful realizations leaders, teams and organizations achieve through working with these majestic beings. She has had the honor of studying with the foremost thought leaders in Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Guided Education and is an Advanced EponaQuest Instructor, Riding Instructor and Equine Guided Educator.
Madeline Mackey, CYT
Certified Yoga Therapist
Madeline has studied yoga and meditation for several years and pursued her certification to help others experience the healing and beneficial aspects of yoga for both the mind and the body. Her E-RYTT 200 hour certification course was taken in her hometown of San Diego at Infinite Yoga with Dana Rae Parre. The training focused mainly on the primary practice of Ashtanga yoga. Madeline has taught yoga both in group settings at Sonoma State University (SSU) and area gyms as well as providing yoga therapy to private clients.
Madeline is currently a senior at SSU and will graduate in May, 2017 with a degree in geology and paleontology. Prior to pursuing the sciences, she studied education at SSU and practiced early childhood education techniques in jobs at preschool and elementary schools in both Northern and Southern California.
Madeline’s recent passion in the healing arts is the study of aromatherapy and its use in mindfulness, stress relief and relaxation, She is currently working with Young Living in this area of study and incorporating it into her yoga service.
Certified Personal Trainer
After suffering through a serious knee injury in 2012, resulting in 11 surgeries and eventually knee replacement surgery to repair the damage, Larry realized he could not return to his prior career. During his recovery, he spent countless hours undergoing physical therapy and at the gym building his physical strength. This experience was a catalyst for a career in personal training.
Larry had always been involved in fitness, sports and the science behind corrective exercise. He played football in high school and at the college level. He was assistant coach for a pop warner program and later served as a defensive coach for Anderson Valley High School, the same school he played football for and graduated from. While working out at the Anytime Fitness gym in Santa Rosa, California, Larry got involved with many fitness classes and was introduced to the personal trainers there who encouraged him to pursue a career as a personal trainer. Larry believed his coaching experience and knowledge of athletics would be valuable assets in his personal training career. In 2016 he passed the NASM Personal Training Certification Test and became a certified personal trainer at the Santa Rosa Anytime Fitness.
Larry has also overcome personal challenges with addiction and has a desire to make a difference, especially in helping the youth in our community. “They are our hope and our future. I want to make that difference by showing them there is always hope, by being positive and setting goals and not being afraid to fail. By putting yourself in the middle of things, giving your best effort and doing the best you can, good things will happen. You must do the ‘footwork’ and never give up.”
Ford Peck, AMFT
Ford is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1990 and is a certified teacher of iRest (Integrative Restoration) meditation. He received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 1997 from Pacifica Graduate Institute. With his extensive background in psychology, meditation, and yoga, Ford’s approach to meditation has an emphasis on fostering an experience of well being, resiliency, and emotional balance, and integrating these qualities into our experience of everyday life.
Nick Williams is chef, farmer, and educator at Muir Wood. He brings years of experience working at some of the most prestigious residential programs in Marin cooking for adult professionals. Nick is an energetic culinary artist who blends creativity, a passion for organic food, and a rigorous attention to detail. A Sonoma native, Nick enjoys tending to the organic plots at Muir Wood, and utilizes his vast network of connections throughout Sonoma County for seasonal vegetables sourced from local small farms and farmers markets. Along with the vegetables from Muir Wood and local gardens, Nick also sources humanely raised meats and wild seafoods from Sonoma vendors to assure an exceptional and healthy culinary experience for the kids and families at Muir Wood. Needless to say, he is a favorite amongst the residents, families, staff and visitors.
Canine and Horse Healers
Kia is the canine companion/pet therapist/pet healer and friend to the residents and staff at Muir Wood. He is an incredibly sweet dog with a big heart. He welcomes all the kids that come to Muir Wood, comforts them when they’re having a difficult day, and keeps them busy by begging for pets and chasing the tennis ball. Kia often sits in on individual and family sessions, particularly if a boy is having a rough day and needs a little extra support.
Sassy is literally the teacher’s pet. She comes to work everyday with our schoolteacher, Tammy Gregg-Young, and usually sits in class with the boys. Other times she can be found on the laps of the boys, chasing balls, playing tug of war with Kia, or running around the campus with the boys and Kia. She is incredibly sweet and has quite the personality.
Cali is our newest canine healer. She’s a pup and still getting acquainted with our boys and our facilities. But, to be sure, she’s already a favorite around the two campuses and loves to run and play with Sassy on our expansive ten-acre countryside.
Teddy is a Canine Healer at Muir Wood. He loves to spend time with the boys almost as much as he enjoys playing fetch with a tennis ball.