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Our Staff


Our clinicians are chosen for their expertise and passion to help others heal. The multidisciplinary team includes certified and licensed professionals in the fields of addiction, general medicine, clinical psychology, nutrition, wellness, and culinary arts. Collaboration among specialists allows us to offer an integrative approach, providing compassionate treatment for the mind, body and spirit. Together we help clients and their families achieve lasting recovery and a healthy lifestyle.


David Baron, DO, MS.Ed, DLFAPA, DFACN



Dr. David Baron is Administrative Medical Director of Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. He is a Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Baron’s other roles at USC include serving as Assistant Dean of International Relations for the Keck School of Medicine and Director of the Global Center for Exercise, Psychiatry and Sports. He is conducting research on concussions and traumatic brain injuries in the NFL.

Dr. Baron received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his Master of Science in Education from USC. He trained in bioethics at Georgetown University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and has served as the National Institute of Mental Health’s bioethics representative at NIH.

Dr. Baron’s past experience includes:

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine
  • Deputy Clinical Director, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Director, Medical Student and Residency Education, NIMH
  • President, American College of Neuropsychiatrists
  • NIH Representative, Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Office of Education
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists
  • Chief, Psychiatric Services, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

In addition, Dr. Baron has published over 80 research papers and articles, authored or co-authored 12 books and is a sought after speaker who has presented at over 400 national and international conferences and events. While chairman of psychiatry at Temple University, he headed the Physician Health Program for the State of Pennsylvania, and created a model addiction treatment program in the Pocono Mountains.


Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD, LMFT



Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD is the Clinical Director at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. Dr. Dzioba has oversight of all clinical programming at each of the treatment facilities. Her responsibilities include clinical program development, clinical supervision, staff training, crisis management, and quality assurance.

Dr. Dzioba received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Diego, and a doctorate degree in psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego. She has clinical and program management experience in outpatient, residential, and psychiatric inpatient settings.

Dr. Dzioba has over a decade’s experience providing treatment to individuals with addiction, severe depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, severe mental illness, trauma, and eating disorders. She is knowledgeable and skilled with various treatment approaches for recovery. Dr. Dzioba is passionate about implementing trauma-informed care practices into treatment, as well as attending to spirituality as it influences each individual’s recovery and wellness. She advocates for treatment that encompasses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Shereen Sutphen, LVN, CPT-1, RADT-1



Shereen Sutphen is the Director of Detox Services at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. Sutphen is responsible for all detox services, providing direction and supervision to our detox coordinators while managing all aspects of the clients’ care and education during the detoxification treatment. A licensed LVN, Phlebotomist and Registered Recovery Worker, Sutphen utilizes her years in the medical, Eating Disorder and Chemical Dependency field in order to provide the most excellent care possible during the clients stay.

During her tenure at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, Sutphen has had direct interaction with personnel and clients, ranging from overseeing chart audits to developing company wide policy to meet Joint Commission protocols & standards. On a daily basis, she is responsible for reading vitals, medications and allergies in patient charts, counseling on detox symptoms, lab results and recommending follow-up treatments.

While earning her nursing credentials, she volunteered at Los Robles Hospital and was President of her nursing class advocating for both a Western and Eastern holistic medicine approach. Believing meditation heals and relaxes the brain, she treats the whole body, with regard to the client’s mind, body and spirit.


Larisa Cazacioc



Larisa Cazacioc graduated from Pepperdine University with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, experienced in education and training in the field of addiction and recovery. She has extensive experience in program management, quality assurance, managing and ensuring clinical charts meet contract requirements.

Larisa has worked in the mental health/substance abuse field for thirteen years and has experience with at risk-families, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of expertise include substance abuse/addictions, co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse disorders) schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, anger management, and PTSD. She has worked in various settings including inpatient hospitals, residential programs for severe psychological disorders, and step-down IMD’s. She is trained in evidence based-practices, including Motivation Interviewing, Aggression Replacement Training (ART), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

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Anthony Vera



Dr. Lisa Benya



Lisa Benya, D.O is the founder and medical director of CURES Malibu. She is a concierge doctor, available to clients around the clock. We like her compassion, and her holistic approach.


Alison Forster, MFT



Alison a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with over seven years experience in the field of Addiction Medicine. She practices at the Brentwood House, and tailors her treatment to fit the needs of her female clients, giving them the best chance in remaining sober, and creating a life “worth living”. She specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which is a proven theory for those who often struggle with overwhelming emotions, as well as mindfulness and effective coping skills to change self-destructive patterns, and create new opportunities for healing.

Lance Miller



Lance Miller, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in both therapeutic and assessment services.  Therapeutically, he treats individuals, couples, and families for a variety of concerns, including trauma, abuse, addiction, personality disorder, anxiety, depression, anger-management, and family dynamics.  He also has experience with  a variety of neuropsychological conditions, including Autism, learning disability, issues of executive functioning, memory impairment, ADHD, cognitive or developmental disability, and more.  Dr. Miller holds Master’s Degrees in both Clinical Psychology and Counseling, as well a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Joseph Krimple



Joseph is a graduate of Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA, where he earned his MA in Psychology, specializing in Marriage & Family Therapy. He has worked in a variety of settings from community mental health to parochial schools. Additionally, he has experience in private practice, with individuals, couples, and families. His clients come from all walks of life. Using an eclectic theoretical approach, pulling from many different interventions when working with clients, he finds Strength-Based/Positive Psychology (building upon our existing strengths & resources) and Humanistic Psychodynamic Approach (examining beliefs and thought patterns that were formed in the past to protect but no longer serve us in the present) to be most effective. Joseph is a firm believer in meeting his clients where they are, today, with compassion, understanding, and acceptance, to begin repair on their lives and build a solid foundation for their future. As an avid fan of all types of music, Joseph likes to integrate music into his therapy with clients: “Music can make you forget it all or remember everything; everyone is affected by music – it is the great equalizer. There is so much capacity for healing & connection through this universal language of the soul called music.” Additionally Joseph incorporates canine therapy into his work with clients: “Dogs are accepting, comforting & non-judgmental, making them ideal therapy companions.”

David Kerrigan



David Kerrigan, PhD, LCSW has worked with individuals suffering from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders since the time he taught at a day school attached to a psychiatric hospital and made the decision to become a social worker. He has served as a clinician in a range of settings (residential treatment, residential therapeutic school, hospital, high school, and private practice) and was in charge of aftercare for an adult residential treatment center for indigent adults with dual substance use disorders and serious mental illnesses. He became a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia in 1995. He recently moved to California where he was licensed in early 2014. He earned his PhD in social work at The National Catholic School of Social Service and served as executive director of the Center for Spirituality and Social Work there. Specializing in attachment, trauma, and spirituality and with a strong background in addictions, he is delighted to be a member of the MBRC-Rivermend team.

Beth Farar MA, LMFT



Beth Farar MA, LMFT is a California State Licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Psychotherapist. Beth specializes in individual, couples, children, adolescents and family therapy. She has a Private Practice in Encino, California.
Beth has over 19 years of experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist and specializes in a variety of issues. She is a graduate of Cal State Northridge and Phillip’s Graduate Institute where she received her Master’s in Psychotherapy. Other than her Private Practice, she has worked in the field of Worker’s Compensation for over 16 years, where she advocated for her client’s and helped them get their lives’ back on track’ and return to the work force after surviving critical industrial related injuries. She started counseling children and their Parent’s that suffered from Addiction in 1997 in approximately 10 different elementary schools in the San Fernando Valley. Beth has worked in several different Treatment Center’s in Malibu and other surrounding areas for the past 7 years. She understands the challenges, hopes and fears that her client’s experience when seeking Recovery from an Addiction. Her goal is to create a safe atmosphere that helps client’s explore their underlying issues and confronts them in an empathetic, nonjudgmental manner. She believes that the therapeutic relationship tends to be just as important as the therapeutic techniques used. She focuses on where the client is at and what their particular needs and goal are, as each client has different needs. She often takes on a Cognitive Behavioral Approach which is goal oriented, hands on, and practical to problem solving. The goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and to change the way they feel. With compassion and understanding, Beth works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and to attain the personal growth that they are committed to accomplishing. The love of what she does, and how she does it, is evident that her Gift and Purpose is to inspire her client’s to be the best version of themselves.


Cyril Landrat



Born in Challans, France. Formally educated at the culinary school Lycee Valere Mathe in Vendee. In Paris worked as a chef for many prestigious restaurants awarded Michelin stars. In the U.S. worked at some of the top French restaurants. In Los Angeles worked at the very celebrated L’Orangerie among others.

Yannick Marchand



Born and raised in Saumur, France. Twenty years of experience as a chef. Former owner and executive chef of the award-winning Quatorze Restaurant. “I consider it my honor to work with something so foundational to our existence as food.

Cosmin Mihaila



Chef Cosmin is a calm, pleasant, helpful and hardworking individual who has a passion for great food and enjoys cooking mouthwatering dishes. He loves the freedom of expression that cooking a great, inventive dish provides. A private chef for over ten years, Cosmin has had the pleasure to cook for some of Los Angeles’ finest families and celebrities. Chef Cosmin loves the culinary freedom that’s provided for him at MBRC because it allows him to grow as a chef and not be restricted by one ethnic style of cooking like a restaurant would. He’s definitely a farm to table chef who enjoys the farmers’ market experience as much as the joy that he gets in the kitchen. Chef Cosmin shares, “Cooking is not something that one could ever fully master, but the satisfaction I get from it keeps me chasing perfection in this wonderful craft.”

Elizabeth Mehditach



Elizabeth Mehditach has been a professional chef since 2006. She created The Brunette Gourmette catering company after graduating from Epicurean Culinary School, frequenting several Farmers Markets in Los Angeles where she sold everything from desserts, salads, to-go dinners and more. Her culinary talents have catered parties from 2- 200. Chef Elizabeth was recently featured in a CBS segment called The Search for the Next Mrs. Fields where her signature desserts were showcased. Her cuisine focuses on California Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Fare—leaning towards fresh, whole, clean ingredients and always having her eye on flavor, color and texture. We’re very excited to welcome Chef Elizabeth as a member of the Malibu Beach Recovery Centers Team!


Oleg Flow



A native of Ukraine, Oleg has been practicing and teaching yoga for 18 years. He began as a child, taking classes from his mother. He has completed internationally in swimming, judo, and taekwondo. He received his first yoga certificate from Yoga Federation of USSR. Since 1993 he has been a certified yoga teacher of TriYoga International, teaching yoga at International Yoga conferences and conventions, giving private and group classes in countries across the globe including Spain, Israel, China, Austria, Italy, Great Britain, Turkey, Egypt and Russia.

Shannon Scott



Shannon Scott, a native of Southern California, is the first Malibu Beach Recovery Center alum to join our staff. She arrived on September 8, 2009 with a Xanax addiction, and never looked back. Today she is a yoga teacher, carefully trained over many months by Oleg Flow, regularly giving classes in our unique style of yoga at both the Malibu and Brentwood locations. The story of her recovery has already been told by Voice of America and NBC News.

Licia Jaccard



Chef Licia teaches cooking classes at Malibu and Brentwood and writes a monthly cooking article for the blog. She was born in Kansas and grew up in France. Her mother was French, from a traditional line of restaurateurs. She went to law school during the day and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu’s evening class program. After graduating from law school, she worked in the corporate world, at Yves Saint Laurent in Paris and then for varied U.S. corporations. For Licia, cooking is a way of life — a way to experience ingredients at their source and transform them to fit specific needs. She loves going to the market and thinking of recipes, or ways of adapting recipes while she have the raw ingredients in her hands. She also thinks that to be able to cook and control what goes into your food is paramount to good health.

Miyuki Kanda, MA, MFT, R-DMT



Miyuki is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been working with people with mental health and substance addiction issues for over 11 years. Miyuki has a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology with the focus of dance/movement therapy from Naropa University. She strongly believes in the connection between the body and mind, and incorporates movement based interventions in her psychotherapeutic work. Miyuki has extensive experience in individual and group therapy both in inpatient and outpatient settings. Her goal is to support clients in increasing their self-awareness, sense of trust, and self-acceptance.

Ami Kunimura



Ami Kunimura, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist and has been practicing music therapy with individuals and groups since 2006 in private, inpatient, and outpatient settings. Her clinical experience includes working with clients in treatment and recovery for drug and alcohol abuse, mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, and developmental disabilities.

Ami received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and completed her studies in Music Therapy at Chapman University. Ami has been playing guitar for over 15 years with experience in songwriting, performance, and recording. Ami appreciates the opportunity to support individuals in cultivating a healing and harmonious relationship with music, life, and themselves.

In Memory of Dr. Miilton Birnbaum, M.D., 1929-2009

Dr. Kenneth Blum, Ph.D



Dr. Blum has spent more than 20-years researching the link between genetics and addiction and, with co-author Dr. Ernest Noble, published a seminal study in the Journal of American Medical Associationwhich established a correlation between the brain’s dopamine D2 Receptor Taq 1allele and addiction. Currently, Dr. Blum is currently a Full Professor at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute and an Adjunct Professor in its College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He coined the phrase “reward deficiency syndrome,” and has written 12 books and published more than 500 articles in peer review journals. Often called “The Father of Psychiatric Genetics,” Dr. Blum serves on 13 editorial review boards, is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the new BMC Journal “Integrative Omics and Molecular Biology.” He is also an honorary professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont.

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