Malibu Beach Recovery Centers Welcomes Dr. Kambria Hittelman As Executive Clinical Director
Kambria Hittelman, a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), has joined the staff of the Malibu Beach Recovery Centers as Executive Clinical Director, bringing over a decade of experience as an addiction treatment clinician and recovery programming executive to the West Coast’s leading provider of neuroscience-driven addiction treatment for men and women.
Dr. Hittelman will oversee all clinical programs and operations at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers residential programs, including the Corral Canyon House for men in recovery, Brentwood House for women in recovery, and Latigo House addiction services, as well as the outpatient programs in Pacific Palisades.
“We are delighted and honored to have Dr. Hittelman coming on board as Executive Clinical Director of Malibu Beach Recovery Centers,” said Edmund Bujalski, Chief Executive Officer of RiverMend Health, LLC, the parent company of the Malibu Beach facilities. “Kambria brings a wealth of clinical and program development expertise, along with operations acumen and a well-deserved reputation for creating programs that deliver the highest level of care to patients. Her demonstrated clinical excellence and leadership skills are a most welcome addition to the RiverMend Health team.”
Malibu Beach Recovery Centers takes a gender-responsive approach to treatment, with specialized programs to meet the unique needs of men and women. Incorporating techniques based on scientific research and the traditions of the 12-Step Program, patients benefit from individual and group therapy, exercise, and meal plans designed to boost dopamine, restore brain chemistry and renew the body’s reward system.
“I believe in a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to helping people with addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions,” Dr. Hittelman said. “Malibu Beach Recovery Centers is recognized for its gender-responsive, individualized treatment modalities, and I look forward to nurturing these collaborative clinical teams.”
Personal and professional connection to addiction
After earning her Psy.D in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, Dr. Hittelman was staff psychologist and later clinical coordinator at Interfaith Medical Center’s acute inpatient psychiatric facility in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Later she became clinical director of an addiction recovery center in California and was quickly promoted to executive director. In that role, she oversaw several residential treatment facilities, introduced new programming and led the process to expand the center’s psychiatric treatment capabilities.
In addition to her professional experience, Hittelman has personal experience with addiction, having seen a close family member struggle with alcoholism and achieve long-term sobriety.
“When someone you love is struggling with addiction, the entire family is impacted,” Hittelman said. “There is nothing more rewarding than finding ways to help clients achieve long-lasting recovery.”