Staff

Stuart Birnbaum
Founder & CEO
  • 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 and Executive Director of the Lakehouse Recovery Center.

Stuart'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 the Writers Guild Award and an Emmy nomination.

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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
Consulting Psychiatrist

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.
Rachel Rainne, LMFT
Clinical Director

Rainne has been working in the psychology field providing counseling, life coaching, and therapy since 2003. Rainne did her undergraduate studies in Colorado at Regis University and double majored in sociology and criminal justice with a bachelor of arts. Read More...

Rainne received her M.A. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in depth and her other M.A. in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Somatics. Rainne utilizes a variety of methodologies including dream work, union methodologies, art therapy movement work, imaginal, archetypal, and ecotherapy. She has experience with and specializes in addiction, trauma, adoption, and soul loss. Rainne works on helping others heal from enduring traumas, address relationship issues including a connection to self/other/environment/soul, Attachment issues especially adoption, substances, discover one’s life purpose, and establish a way of being in the world. Rainne helps people to discover themselves by working with one Strank‘s and identifying one’s character defects – Rainne inspires curiosity about oneself and to gain clarity about what one wants out of life and from their relationships. Rainn works through soul to help others to trust, love, and except themselves. Working from an intuitive approach, Rainne connects deeply with clients and helps one learn to be free from suffering in their journey. Rainne helps our clients with been seen by assisting in the healing of their wounds and fighting their addictions. Clients can learn how to operate from a place free of suffering, shame, and bondage.
Jenna Foster
Program Director

Jenna's passion has always been to help others accomplish their personal best and be free of the baggage of their past.

From her first job as a swim teacher at age 15 to giving back to the community of those struggling to overcome addiction, Jenna's passion has always been to help others accomplish their personal best and be free of the baggage of their past. Jenna has worked in the field of recovery specifically for 5 years. Alcohol and Drug addiction has been a part of her story since she was a young girl. Growing up in a home where alcoholism and drug addiction was present allows her to fully connect with both sides of our clients from the client themselves to the families. She has the ability to gently assist clients in laying a foundation for their future. Jenna works closely with all of our employees to gain a team-like atmosphere in order for us to meet each client where they are at in order for them to succeed on their personal path to recovery.

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Chad Foster, CADC 2
Administrative Manager

Chad has worked in the recovery field for 6 years. After being inspired by a Case Manager he encountered while working towards his own sobriety he made a decision that he would one day aim to do the same for others. Read More...

He went on to study and obtain his Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate, work as a House Manager, facilitate groups in an Outpatient setting, work as a Case Manager to now working on the administrative side.

Chad has a passion for assisting others in improving their quality of life and finding bliss in present moments life has to offer.

He is a loving husband and father who if is not at home or at work you can find at the softball fields or cruising on his motorcycle.

Blake Klein
Outpatient Coordinator

Blake completed school to become a drug and alcohol counselor in 2015. From there he went on to assisting in opening a treatment center in Colorado and ran for about 3 years. Read More...

He believes that there is no better job to have than working here in this field. He’s worked in many different types of jobs that have made a lot of money and he expresses that “to me there is no amount of money that could ever make me as happy in my workplace as I am when I am helping people recover from the disease of addiction and mental illness.”

He’s a simple man who loves his wife and kids. He loves to hike and go bowling but his favorite thing to do outside of work and personal hobbies is to teach his two boys how to live life to the fullest and treat others with dignity and respect.

Joseph Sparks, MSWI
Case Manager

Joseph Spark has worked in the recovery field for 4 years. Joseph struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction for 7 years. Read More...

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.
Lori Fields
Case Manager / Group Facilitator
Dani Jacoby
Group Facilitator

Dani comes to this work with nearly 10 years of experience leading and facilitating groups of adults and adolescents, specializing in areas of trauma, women’s issues, anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders in both outpatient and residential settings. Read More...

She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Women’s Studies from California Lutheran University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Santa Barbara, where she is working towards her licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist. Additionally, Dani is certified as a Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor - allowing her to be uniquely immersed in both the traditional mental health field, while also understanding the deep connection between the mind and body.

Dani believes that while we are incredibly resilient as human beings, she also recognizes that distressing or traumatic experiences often play out through emotional, psychological, or physical turmoil - leading us to have a sense of dysregulation and internal unrest. Therefore, by bridging the connection between the mind and body, Dani’s work involves helping individuals establish a sense of connection, integration and grounding within through traditional counseling and also evidence-based holistic practices such as mindfulness, yoga, and meditation.

Megan Gaudet
Residential Technician

Megan has worked in Recovery for 2 years. As a Clinical Nursing Assistant, she is incredibly passionate about the physical and mental health along with the overall well being of others. Read More...

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.

Caitlin Juels
Residential Technician

Caitlin is a Clinical Nursing Assistant who has a passion for guiding others to feel comfortable in their own skin. Read More...

She has a gentle way of connecting with residents and allowing them the space to feel safe.

You can almost always find Caitie on a hiking trail or spending quality time with her family.