Staff

Stuart Birnbaum
Founder & CEO
  • Winner of the prestigious Writer’s Guild of America Award and Emmy Nomination

Stuart Birnbaum's career was launched as a comedy writer; penning for Lily Tomlin, Chevy Chase, Redd Foxx, Christopher Guest and Tim Conway and is the recipient of a Writers Guild Award and an Emmy nomination.

He is also co-author of the feature comedy Summer School (1987) directed by Carl Reiner. Birnbaum was co-founder of "Meditox" - a cutting edge medical drug detox program with locations throughout the United States and is currently CEO and Executive Director of the Lakehouse Recovery Center.

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Dr. Gayle Randall
Medical Director
  • Licensed Internist
Dr. Randall has over 20 years’ experience in medical drug and alcohol detoxification.
Dr. Nancy Bailey, PhD, LAADC, CCDP, CET11
Clinical Consultant
  • PhD in Counseling Studies, Capella University-Magna Cum Laude
  • Licensed Advanced Addictions Counselor
  • Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional
  • Neurofeedback Practitioner
  • EMDR Certified

Dr. Bailey trained with Pia Mellody at The Meadows where she was Clinical Director for 10 years. With over 20 years of behavioral health treatment experience, Dr. Bailey specializes in trauma-informed therapies and equine-assisted activities treating substance abuse disorders.

Curtis Cripe, PhD
Neuroscience Engineer
  • BS Aerospace Engineering
  • Masters in Engineering
  • PhD Psychology
  • PhD Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine

Creator of cutting-edge Neuro-imaging technologies (Brain Mapping) and remedial Neuro therapy, recently invited by NASA to be used on the Mars Space Mission scheduled for the year 2030. For over 20 years Cripe has applied his Neuro Science work to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

DR. Benjamin
Medical Director

Dr. Ashley Benjamin graduated from medical school at the University of Kansas and completed his residency at Wright State University/Wright Patterson Air Force Base while on a prestigious U.S. Armed Forces Medical Scholarship. Read More...

Dr. Benjamin served a total of 21 years (8 years active, 13 years in reserves) as an Air Force psychiatrist, during which time he served as both the medical and administrative director for the Tinker Air Force Base Substance Abuse Program. Dr. Benjamin’s experiences have helped shape his philosophy of minimizing medications and their doses to the greatest extent possible, as he believes military medicine is truly about helping patients achieve maximum functionality. He retired at the rank of a Lt. Colonel and proudly served as part of the mental health flight during the devastating tornado that hit Oklahoma City in 1998. His military career culminated in the receipt of the prestigious Reserve Physician of the Year award. Having worked in numerous settings, Dr. Benjamin has tremendous versatility, yet he takes exceptional pride in his work as the medical director for the Oklahoma City VA Iraq/Afghanistan return program and as the consulting psychiatrist for a dual diagnosis program aimed at helping mothers abstain from substances, with the goal of reuniting with their children. Prior to completing medical school, Dr. Benjamin graduated as valedictorian with a B.S. in journalism from the respected William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He then received an M.A. from The Ohio State University in exercise science. His track and field and cross country coaching experiences at KU and OSU helped shape his philosophy of seeing each patient as an “athlete,” with the goal of helping maximize their potential as part of a multidisciplinary team. He utilizes this concept when working with every patient at Seasons/Serenity. In addition to his 30-plus publications in various areas of mental and non-mental health topics, he is the lead co-author of the book, The Student Athlete’s College Recruitment Guide,which focuses on helping high school athletes find the best ethical, academic, and athletic fit at the college level. Dr. Benjamin is also a certified IGMCA Mental Game Instructor and Life
Coach.
Anne Johnson, MS. LMFT
Clinical Director
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology
  • Masters in Counseling Psychology with emphasis in the recovery model and family mediation
  • Cal Lutheran
  • EMDR

Anne Johnson has been working with clients since 2009 and is passionate about improving the quality of life for her clients.

She specializes in treating chemical dependency, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and depression. Anne has a Bachelors Degree from San Diego State University in Psychology, a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in The Recovery Model and Family Mediation from California Lutheran University. She provides therapy modalities such as EMDR, CBT, and DBT. Her therapeutic orientation both supports and challenges clients from a safe environment that allows individuals and families to explore new solutions to old problems. Anne enjoys volunteer work and has traveled to Cambodia over the last 12 years working with an organization that rescues underage youth from human trafficking.
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Amy Dalgleish
Outreach and Marketing Director

For almost 2 decades Amy Dalgleish has dedicated her life to helping others work through the things that hold them back from living to their full potential with certainty and courage. Read More...

She has the ability to see in others the parts of themselves that they have suppressed and bring out the best in them. Because of Amy's personal challenges with her health, addiction and being affected by the addictions of others close to her she is passionate about educating others on the resources available to them in order to regain a sense of effectiveness and build a life they want to live. Amy has been a part in developing recovery and trauma programs for 5 years and has a mission to expand her skills in the mental health profession and recovery community.
Kelli Lundin, MA, LMFT
Individual and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology, Developmental Trauma specialization
  • Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor

Kelli has worked extensively with women's issues, addiction, PTSD, and Complex Trauma, bringing an ecological approach to the process of healing.

Brian W
Program Director
  • CATC

Brain Wurschum has been a part of the recovery community for over 28 years, and has been working in the drug and alcohol treatment setting for 8 years.

Brian pursued his psychology degree from Cal Lutheran University, and became a CATC in Addiction Disorders Studies. Brian has a passion and dedication in the pursuit of treating the illness of substance abuse. He is not only the Program Director of the facility, but also facilitates most of the groups in the clinical program, and meets with families upon intake to walk them through the treatment process of their loved one.

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Kyle J
Assistant Program Director
  • CATC-R

Kyle Johnson attended the UNLV school of business, and has continued his education to become a certified addiction treatment counselor.

Kyle has been sober since 2012, and has worked in the recovery community for over 4 years. Kyle is not only the assistant program director, but also helps facilitate some of the clinical groups during the week. More important than anything else, is his sincere desire to help those who were once just as lost and hopeless as he was before finding the solution to his addiction, and starting to live a comfortable, meaningful, and sober life.

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Jude K
  • CATC-1
  • REIKI
  • Nutrition in Addiction Certification
Jude has been working in the addiction treatment industry since 2012.
Katie C
Art Workshop Director/Individual and Group Counselor
  • Certified Addiction Counselor

Katie Christensen is a Clinical Intern at Recovery Advocates. She developed a passion for helping others to recover from addiction after watching the miracle of recovery take place in her own life.

She has completed the Addiction Studies Program at Oxnard College and is in the process of becoming a certified addiction counselor. She is a registered member of the California Association of Addiction and Drug Educators. Katie has been a clinician at The Lakehouse Recovery Center for over three years and has witnessed the return to health of many of our former and current clients. She recently said “It Is exciting and wonderful to watch others return to a stable life and gain freedom from their addiction. It is truly a blessing to be a part of a team of individuals that are dedicated to helping others and to know when you go home at the end of the day you have helped someone to face the battle of addiction and come out victorious on the other side. It would be an honor for me to help you to begin the journey of recovery.”

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Troy R
Admissions Director

Troy Rippee has worked in the recovery field for 5 years. Troy struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction for ten years.

Early on in his addiction, he was sent to rehab at the age of 15. After spending 10 months in a boarding school with counseling for troubled teenagers, he relapsed after only one month of leaving treatment. Because of his own experience he has a passion for working with families to help them support the addict in their life to recover.

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Ashli W
Tech/Equine Therapy

Ashli has been working in the addiction treatment since 2015.

Scott M
Head Chef
  • AA Criminal Justice Business Adm.
  • BS Criminal Justice Forensic Science
  • MS Criminal Justice Behavioral Analysis
  • ADS Program Certification
  • CAADE-R

Scott Mazzarano has been sober for over 8 years. Scott relied on 12 step work to get him and help him stay sober. Read More...

He feels called to help others. Scott graduated the ADS (Addictive Disorders Studies) program at Oxnard College and has his CAADE. He has been working in treatment for almost 2 years, and looks forward to continuing helping people in this field for years to come.
Dylan G
Tech

Dylan has been working in the addiction treatment industry since 2014.

Weston
Tech

Weston has been working in the addiction treatment industry since 2017.

Jaime
Tech

Jaime has been working in the addiction treatment industry since 2015.

Kenny
Tech

Kenny is a grateful member of the sober community who loves sharing his experience with all those who are starting their journey on recovery. Read More...

Kenny works to grow in his own recovery through service and active participation with the other members of this wonderful community. He is a musician and is passionate about music, spending time with his friends and family. Kenny loves being part of the team at The Lakehouse and everything they do for those who seek recovery!
Allegra
Tech

Allegra's goal is to help others grow and cultivate a loving harmonious environment for all those who enter our care. Read More...

he started working with us in 2017 due to her life changing experience as one of our Alumni. Allegra is passionate about helping others to see what is possible within themselves.