- Winner of the prestigious Writer’s Guild of America Award and Emmy Nomination
Stuart Birnbaum has been in recovery for 32 years and is founder, CEO and Executive Director of the Lakehouse Recovery Center and Recovery Advocates.
Practicing for over 28 years, Dr. Taylor is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice who has provided care to addiction, forensic and geriatric specialty populations in addition to treating patients in general adult psychiatry.
He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1991, completed his internship in general surgery at University of California, San Francisco, and then returned to Stanford University Hospital to train in psychiatry where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Taylor is the former VCBH Medical Director for the Ventura County Health Care Agency and Past Chief of Staff at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC). He previously served as the VCBH Quality Medical Director, Medical Director for both Hillmont House, a mental health rehabilitation center, and the Anka-Ventura Crisis Residential Treatment center, as well as Chief of the VCMC Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Taylor is a recipient of the 2015 David Fainer, M.D. and Leo Tauber M.D. Behavioral Health Professional of the Year Award and has also been recognized by both Top Doctors Magazine 2019 and by the Consumers' Research Council of America 2015 as one of America's Top Psychiatrists.
Jenna's passion has always been to help others accomplish their personal best and be free of the baggage of their past.
Laura is the Program Director, Therapist, and Group Facilitator in Lakehouse Recovery’s Intensive Outpatient program.
Laura’s vocational experience includes working as Program Aide for Visions Adolescent Treatment Center mentoring adolescents recovering from addiction, at New York Center for Living as the Intake Coordinator and Individual Therapist, and Hazelden Betty Ford’s New York City Intensive Outpatient. Laura’s training at Hazelden Betty Ford’s New York City Intensive Outpatient facility facilitated experience working with dual-diagnosis adults and young adults, personality disorders, family systems, and trauma-related issues. Laura utilizes several modalities (DBT and Mindfulness, CBT, attachment, MI, and ACT) in order to create a more tailored therapeutic setting for her client’s. Laura works collaboratively with her clients to create a safe environment where client can move towards alleviating symptoms, change in behavioral patterns and negative thinking, transform family-of-origin dynamics, and improving interpersonal relationships. She helps clients develop insight, identify their values, and gain tools to better manage their substance abuse and mental health symptoms.
Rachel McMurray, MA, LMFT owns her own private practice, is a program and clinical consultant.
Billy has been working in the field of addiction counseling for 8 years.
Billy is a husband and father to a son he and his wife fostered and later adopted 6 years ago. When he isn’t working on home improvement projects, he enjoys playing sports with his son, outdoor grilling and playing his guitars.
Megan has worked in Recovery for 2 years. As a Clinical Nursing Assistant, she's passionate about the physical and mental health, and well-being of others.
She attends school to expand her knowledge in the field and is obtaining her Bachelors degree in nursing.
Megan is boundlessly devoted to caring for others. When not at work she spends the weekends outside with her golden retriever, Ollie.
Dr. Bailey trained with Pia Mellody at The Meadows where she was Clinical Director for 10 years.
Licensed Advanced Addictions Counselor, Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional, Neurofeedback Practitioner, EMDR Certified
Joseph Sparks has worked in the recovery field for 4 years. Joseph struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction for 7 years.
Joseph attempted to attend several treatment centers early in his addiction but it was not until 5 years ago when he was ready to surrender and ask for help that he got the help he needed. Because of his own experience he made a choice to return to school at the University Of Denver to obtain his Masters in Social Work to help individuals and their families recover.