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OUR TEAM OF EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS SETS US APART

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

ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICAL DIRECTOR

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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.

 

Melissa Smith, LCSW

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

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As Clinical Director, Melissa Smith leads clinical programming for Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who oversees clinical services, provides supervision and training for a multidisciplinary team, conducts assessments, maintains the highest standards of care, and develops new treatment programs at MBRC’s detox, residential and intensive outpatient centers.

Melissa received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT, and went on to receive her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California School of Social Work in Los Angeles, with a primary focus in mental health and substance abuse. She has been a part of the addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment field in California since 2006. Her experience includes providing case management as well as individual, group and family therapy at all levels of substance abuse treatment.

Melissa began her career in addiction and mental health treatment as a college student working in a psychiatric hospital which housed a child and adolescent psychiatric unit, adult psychiatric/severe persistent mental illness unit, and detoxification unit. Throughout her studies at USC, she interned as a case manager on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles and as a children’s therapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She then transitioned into working as a residential counselor and intake coordinator at dual diagnosis residential treatment facilities in Los Angeles, Malibu, and San Francisco. She has served as a case manager for an aftercare program and as a primary therapist within residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. Smith has also done extensive work as a facilitator of group and family therapy. She has expertise in the clinical areas of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders as well as coordination of continuing care, program and business development, documentation, and community outreach.

Her most recent position was program director and interim clinical director for Haven House Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles, where she assisted in the development of all clinical programs. Melissa supported program development from a clinical, program, and operations perspective, and as a program and clinical lead, developed comprehensive treatment and discharge plans, conducted biopsychosocial assessments, collaborated with a multidisciplinary team and outside service providers, facilitated groups and provided individual therapy and case management for dual diagnosis patients across all levels of care.

Jordan Aronoff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Jordan Aronoff is Executive Director of Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. He is responsible for overseeing operations at MBRC’s medically supervised detox, residential and outpatient centers, as well as developing partnerships with the recovery community.

Jordan’s role includes leading quality improvement initiatives, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams and developing strategic plans to allow MBRC to continue to best serve clients in need of recovery services for drug and alcohol addiction.

Prior to joining Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, Jordan was chief operating officer and program director at an addiction treatment center in Los Angeles. With over eight years of leadership experience, he was instrumental in expanding the levels of care available to clients, building the center from sober living-only to one offering a full continuum of residential and outpatient care.

Jordan graduated with honors from University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences. Before entering the addiction treatment field, he worked as a consultant in the entertainment industry.

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

DIRECTOR OF DETOX

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Shereen Sutphen is the Director of Detox at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. Shereen 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, Shereen 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, Shereen 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.

Alison Forster, MFT

CLINICAL THERAPIST

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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.

Beth Farar MA, LMFT

THERAPIST

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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. She is a graduate of Cal State Northridge and Phillips Graduate University where she received her master’s degree in psychotherapy. In addition to her private practice, she has worked in the field of worker’s compensation for over 16 years, where she advocated for her clients and helped them get their lives back on track and return to the workforce after surviving critical injuries.

In 1997, she started counseling the children from elementary schools in the San Fernando Valley and their parents suffering from addiction. Beth has worked in several treatment centers in Malibu and surrounding areas for the past 7 years. She understands the challenges, hopes and fears that her clients experience when seeking recovery from addiction. Her goal is to create a safe atmosphere that helps clients explore their underlying issues and confronts them in an empathetic, nonjudgmental manner.

She believes that the therapeutic relationship is as important as the therapeutic techniques used. She meets clients where they are in their recovery to determine each individual’s particular needs and goals. She often takes a cognitive behavioral approach, which is goal oriented, hands on and focused on practical problem solving. Her goal is to change patterns of thinking and behavior that are contributing to people’s difficulties. With compassion and understanding, Beth works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain personal growth. Her passion and purpose is to inspire her clients to be the best version of themselves.

Miriam Stone, LCSW

PROGRAM THERAPIST

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Miriam Stone, LCSW, is a Program Therapist at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers where she provides individual and group therapy for dual diagnosis clients at multiple levels of care. She has been working as a clinician in the field of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for over five years. She has completed over 70 hours of training in Clinical Hypnotherapy for Trauma Resolution. Miriam received her master’s degree in social work from California State University, Northridge and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has utilized clinical hypnosis for trauma resolution over the past three years and firmly believes in the power of healing and transformation. Miriam provides a warm, compassionate, and sensitive approach to support clients in developing a self-identity that reflects their most positive attributes and strengths.

Joseph Krimple

THERAPIST

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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.”

Antonette Bellows

OPERATIONS MANAGER

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Antonette Bellows, BA, CCS, is Operations Manager for Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. Antonette is responsible for the administration and oversight of daily operations at MBRC’s detox, residential treatment for men and women, and outpatient centers.

Most recently, Antonette was operations manager for MBRC’s detox center in Brentwood, where she provided program management, crisis intervention, oversaw treatment schedules and supervised support staff. Her previous experience also includes serving as a clinical coordinator, case manager and later a program and community director for several alcohol and drug treatment centers in California. She has an associate degree alcohol and drug studies, a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is a Certified Clinical Supervisor through the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators.

As operations manager, Antonette assists with hiring, training and providing the support that staff and clinicians need to provide high quality service for clients and their families.

Natalia Oseguera

ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

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Natalia Oseguera is Admissions Coordinator for Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, where she ensures the intake process is a smooth, efficient and positive experience for clients and their families.

Natalia has nine years of experience serving as a reimbursement liaison, medical coder and financial counselor for healthcare and addiction treatment centers. She is an expert in working with insurance companies to make sure patients receive coverage for treatment. A fluent Spanish speaker, she is dedicated to helping clients understand the admissions process and feel comfortable as they begin their recovery.

Cyril Landrat

EXECUTIVE CHEF

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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.

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

Dr. Kenneth Blum, Ph.D

NEUROSCIENCE ADVISOR

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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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