Professional Staff

Creative Care founded one of the first recovery centers in Malibu, CA, and the first to treat individuals with co-occurring disorders. Its founders Dr. Morteza Khaleghi and his wife Dr. Karen Khaleghi have been guiding patients to lasting sobriety since 1989. They have been able to do this by having an excellent clinical staff comprised of professionals that have been with Creative Care for many years. Dr. Deena Manion has been the Clinical Director leading the team since 1999 along with Dr. Giovanni Aponte who has been with Creative Care since its inception and provides supervision to our trained therapists. Our senior therapists, Ross McNutt MFT, Corinne Barthell LMFT, Alex DeCleene LMFT, and Anne Rose MFTi, have all been here for many years and provide primary individual and group therapies to our clients. Our doctors and therapists treat the entire person, incorporating the 12-step philosophy and a full range of traditional and experiential therapies including detoxification from alcohol and drugs, a full spectrum of psychiatric and psychological services, nutrition, yoga, equine therapy, expressive art and adventure therapies to treat mind, body and spirit. With professional detoxification, psychological support, and 12-step involvement, our compassionate and capable staff offers the highest standards of care in the industry.

Morteza Khaleghi, PhD, LMFT

Founder & Executive Director
Renowned for his clinical insight and skill, Dr. K personally initiates the clinical evaluation that follows admission to Creative Care Malibu. Dr K was trained at CGI, the California Graduate Institute, earning his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He is also a licensed marriage and family therapist. He has been working in the field of addiction and recovery since graduating and has been a key player in the continuing development of the Dual Diagnosis treatment methodology.

Morteza Khaleghi, PhD, LMFT

Founder & Executive Director

Karen Khaleghi, PhD

Founder & Director of Education
First as a parent, second as a practitioner, Dr. Karen Khaleghi speaks to parents and organizations about the formation of addiction, the critical aspects of nature and nurture and the resulting disconnection between emotions and behavior. Both she and Dr. K feel strongly that there needs to be more of a dialogue about the genesis of addiction and the path to recovery, a process they call “connecting the dots.” In addition to speaking, Dr. Karen authors the Creative Care Blog.

Karen Khaleghi, PhD

Founder & Director of Education

Deena Manion, PsyD, LCSW

Clinical Director (Malibu Facility)
Dr. Deena Manion has been with Creative Care since 1999. Dr. Manion is a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) as well a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1991. Originally from the New York area, Dr. Manion worked at prominent psychiatric hospitals and treatment centers on the East Coast. After graduating from Columbia University, Dr. Manion continued her post graduate training under the leaders in the field of psychiatry and family therapy at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center and the Ackerman Institute for family therapy. Dr. Manion also worked extensively with children, teens and families in day treatment settings as well as public and private school settings. Dr. Manion has been instrumental in Creative Care’s growth and innovative clinical practices over the years. She oversees the clinical and administrative aspects of the program and she supervises all of the therapists. Dr. Manion is very involved with each client, directing the clinical care and individualized treatment plan throughout the client’s stay. Dr. Manion has appeared on the Dr. Phil show, Dr. Drew’s Life Changers, The Ricki Lake show and Intervention on A&E as an expert in treating addiction and dual diagnosis.

Deena Manion, PsyD, LCSW

Clinical Director (Malibu Facility)

Alexandra Edwards, Psy.D, LMFT

Clinical Director (Calabasas Facility)
Dr. Edwards began working with Creative Care in 1997 at its original mental health facility in Northridge, CA. Dr. Edwards holds her doctorate in psychology and is a licensed MFT. She has expertise with diverse populations and has worked with in-patient mental health, substance use disorders, high-risk youth and their families and in private practice/ outpatient mental health treatment. Dr. Edwards was instrumental in opening Creative Care Calabasas and acts as the Clinical Director. She works closely with clients and their families as well as supervising the clinical, medical and administrative staff. Dr. Edwards is passionate about the mental health population, strongly believing in a person’s capacity to move beyond suffering when in an environment conducive to healing.

Alexandra Edwards, Psy.D, LMFT

Clinical Director (Calabasas Facility)

Anna James, CADC II, ICADC

Program Director (Malibu Facility)
Anna shows great skills in many areas related to treating of addiction and recovery and has worked in the capacity of program director at other premiere Malibu treatment centers. After obtaining her CADC from UCLA, Anna was instrumental in building a very successful treatment facility and growing it from the ground up. Her work in administration, aftercare, HR, counseling, and operations has only become more masterful since beginning in 2001. This work is Anna’s passion and it shows in her ability to lead clients and their families into healthy, full lives that are free from addiction.

Anna James, CADC II, ICADC

Program Director (Malibu Facility)

Kelly Jackson, RRW

Program Coordinator (Malibu Facility)
Kelly is responsible for overseeing general daily operations from an administrative perspective as our Program Coordinator. She has worked in various treatment centers with dual diagnosed individuals and brought those skills to Creative Care in 2012 to follow her belief of ‘one addict helping another’. Kelly is truly satisfied when she is able to watch someone come into Creative Care to realize their full potential and live free from addictions.

Kelly Jackson, RRW

Program Coordinator (Malibu Facility)

Daniel Son, M.D.

Consulting Psychiatrist
Dr. Daniel Son came to Creative Care with an extensive background and training in many different psychotherapies, including Psychodynamic, CBT, Family Therapy and Recovery Dynamic Therapy. He has won numerous teaching awards and has also completed 2 specialty Fellowship trainings in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry, making him one of the few Psychiatrists in the nation that have done so. Dr. Son experience sets him apart in that he is current and involved in recent diagnostic research. As a consultant for Creative Care, he can provide detoxification- including suboxone detox as well as provide psychiatric assessments for all our clients. He works together with the client, families and treatment team to ensure the best possible care for the client.

Daniel Son, M.D.

Consulting Psychiatrist

Danna Engelberg, PMHNP-BC, LMFT

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Malibu & Calabasas Facility)
Danna began working at Creative Care in 2006 at its original Northridge mental health facility. In 2008, she graduated from Pepperdine University with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and achieved her Marriage & Family Therapy license from the state of California in 2011. With the desire to be able to treat and help clients from a well-rounded perspective, Danna went back to school and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012, following with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2014, both from California State University Long Beach. In 2015 she became a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Danna uses her skills, education, and passion to provide a bio-psycho-social approach to the care of Creative Care clients.

Danna Engelberg, PMHNP-BC, LMFT

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Malibu & Calabasas Facility)

Melissa Apodaca, RN, BSN

Nursing Supervisor (Malibu Facility)
Melissa Apodaca has been with Creative Care since 2003 and specializes in psychiatric nursing and has worked in a variety of Dual Diagnosis treatment settings. Melissa works closely with doctors to provide clients with an individualized treatment plan that may include: detoxification, medication monitoring, health screening and education. She is also a trained CPR and First Aid Instructor.

Melissa Apodaca, RN, BSN

Nursing Supervisor (Malibu Facility)

Heidi Hanson, CNA

Nursing Staff (Calabasas Facility)
Heidi has worked in the healthcare and medical field for over 20 years. She earned her nurse’s assistant certification from the University of Montana in 2003. Heidi has attained a vast amount of knowledge and experience working in multiple medical settings and has applied it to working in various residential and outpatient rehabilitation centers. She is hard working, diligent, and most of all passionate in supporting clients reach and sustain their goals. Heidi is a Neurofeedback Technician Intern completing her hours towards certification.

Heidi Hanson, CNA

Nursing Staff (Calabasas Facility)

JoAntoinette Valenzuela, LVN

Nursing Staff (Calabasas Facility)
JoAntoinette Valenzuela is a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). In January 2014, JoAntoinette graduated in the top 4 of her class at her Private nursing school. She is an avid volunteer working with the homeless population, people struggling with addiction, hospice and mental health communities, at risk youth, displaced fathers, and the military. JoAntoinette has prior experience working as a parent partner, guidance aid, substitute teacher, case worker, certified nurses aid, mental health technician, and an at risk teen facilitator.

JoAntoinette Valenzuela, LVN

Nursing Staff (Calabasas Facility)

Minh Ann Le, LVN

Nursing Staff (Calabasas Facility)
Minh earned her License in Vocational Nursing (LVN) from Valley School of Allied Health. She is currently seeking her Registered Nursing (RN) Degree. She has a vast array of experience in all aspects of Mental Health, Recovery, Geriatric, Convalescent Nursing Homes, Home Health, and Sub-Acute care. She volunteer’s her time to the community, UCLA and with the American Red Cross. Mihn’s combination of experience, knowledge and compassion brings depth and insight to any dilemma.

Minh Ann Le, LVN

Nursing Staff (Calabasas Facility)

Megan Biggs, LVN

Registered Nurse (Calabasas Facility)
Megan has been working in the healthcare industry for 8 years engaging with a vast variety of disorders. Nurtured by her family’s personal history, her heart is in mental health. Megan obtained her LVN at CES College in Burbank. Her interest in psychology and passion for the mental health field continues to inspire and motivate her. Megan’s future goals include pursuing her BSN, and intend to focus on mental health.

Megan Biggs, LVN

Registered Nurse (Calabasas Facility)

Courtney Huff

Nursing Assistant / Office Manager (Malibu Facility)
Courtney was born and raised in Ventura County and attended Ventura College to receive her certificate for Medical Assisting. She has worked in treatment for almost 7 years, starting as an RA in a detox center, then went on to manage a Malibu based sober living. Starting at Creative Care in January of 2016 working as our Office Manager and Nursing Assistant, Courtney has had the heart to work in recovery for years as much of her own life has revolved around addiction and those struggling dual diagnosis disorders.

Courtney Huff

Nursing Assistant / Office Manager (Malibu Facility)

Giovanni Aponte, PhD

Licensed Psychologist (Malibu Facility)
Dr. Aponte has been with Creative Care since 1989 and has many years of experience in treating clients with Dual Diagnosis and Addictions. He received his PhD in Psychology, Social Science and Economics. Dr. Aponte specializes in psychological testing and treatment of major Mood Disorders and other Psychiatric conditions. Dr. Aponte supervises the clinical staff as well as conducting psychological testing on each client.

Giovanni Aponte, PhD

Licensed Psychologist (Malibu Facility)

Ross McNutt, MFT

Therapist (Malibu & Calabasas Facilities)
Ross McNutt has worked in the field for over thirty years as a therapist and as a director of various hospital and dual diagnosis treatment centers. He has been with Creative Care since 1996. Ross lectures about dual diagnosis and has appeared on television and radio.

Ross McNutt, MFT

Therapist (Malibu & Calabasas Facilities)

Corinne Barthell, LMFT

Therapist (Malibu Facility)
Corinne is a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and has been with Creative Care since 2000. While completing her MA in psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles, she worked at Creative Care as a shift supervisor and chemical dependency counselor. Here she observed behavior changes as being the prerequisite to recovery, and became skilled in identifying the unique behavior patterns associated with resistance in individual clients. Corinne’s experience as a dual diagnosis therapist has expanded her awareness. This combined with her expertise in chemical dependency, her skills in identifying and working with unresolved trauma, family and relationship problems, mood and anxiety disorders, and personality disorders have contributed to life-changing outcomes for many of her clients. In addition to her LMFT credential, Corinne is a California Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC), completed EMDR training with the EMDR Institute in 2007, and is a Board Certified Professional Counselor (BCPC) with the American Board of Professional Counselors. She is currently in the process of becoming certified as a sexual addiction therapist (CSAT). Affiliations include CAMFT, EMDRIA, APA (American Psychological Association), and the American Psychotherapy Association.

Corinne Barthell, LMFT

Therapist (Malibu Facility)

Alexandra DeCleene, LMFT

Therapist (Malibu Facility)
Alexandra DeCleene has held her masters in clinical psychology since 2001. Her areas of expertise are in abnormal psychology, addiction and family systems. Alexandra’s training in the field of addiction started at UCLA in 1999, where she worked in the neuropsychiatric institute studying the effects of drugs on the brain. She came to Creative Care in 2004 where she provides a dual diagnostic comprehensive treatment model.

Alexandra DeCleene, LMFT

Therapist (Malibu Facility)

Anne Rose, LMFT

Therapist (Malibu Facility)
Anne holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology, with a concentration in co-occurring disorders. She has worked at Creative Care since 2005. Anne specializes in helping individuals with a history of trauma and PTSD, as well as personality disorders. She also has experience working with individuals in the LGBT community. Anne has dedicated herself to working in the field of mental health and recovery since beginning her own personal journey in sobriety.

Anne Rose, LMFT

Therapist (Malibu Facility)

Nora Wightman, LCSW

Therapist (Malibu Facility)
Nora’s interest in the field of addiction treatment began with her own journey to recovery. After obtaining her BA from Earlham College, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at The Ohio State University. Nora also completed a three-year post-graduate training in Gestalt therapy at the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio. Nora joined the Creative Care team in 2012 and has been a tremendous asset to the team. Her ability to guide her clients through the therapeutic process, in addition to supporting them in creating a healthy transition and continuum of care, provides her clients with hope and a skill-set for lasting sobriety.

Nora Wightman, LCSW

Therapist (Malibu Facility)

Drew Williams, MFTi, CATC-IV

Therapist (Malibu Facility)
Drew Williams came to Creative Care in 2012 with over a decade of clinical treatment experience specializing in treating addiction and the co-occurring disorders that create the need for self-medicating. He also specializes in postmodern approaches to addiction treatment and teaches future therapists at CSUSB these principles. Drew holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor IV. He has dedicated his life to assisting clients and their families find hope, healing and transformation. Drew extends that same philosophy to his parallel career as an educator where he teaches his students to become advocates for that same, hope, healing and transformation.

Drew Williams, MFTi, CATC-IV

Therapist (Malibu Facility)

Samantha Wood, MFTi

Therapist (Malibu Facility)
Samantha Wood began her journey as a therpist in 2006 when she worked as a Behavioral Therapist with chrildren who suffer from autism spectrum disorders. In 2013, Samantha received her Masters Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on MArriage and Family Therapy; specializing in treating clients struggling with co-occuring disorders. In her years of experience, Samantha has worked with clients who range in age from 5 years old to 75. Samantha is a talented group facilitator who conducts groups ranging from self-care, to family dynamics. Samantha joined the Creative Care team in 2015 as an individual, family, couples, and group therapist. Samantha also conducts Neurofeedback sessions that include mindfulness and meditation techniques.

Samantha Wood, MFTi

Therapist (Malibu Facility)

Justin Huft, MFTI

Clinical Program Director (Calabasas Facility)
Justin holds a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and is certified in substance abuse disorders, and LGBT-affirmative psychotherapy. Justin has history in working with personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma, dual diagnosis, and clients in-crisis. He has presented his research on gender, sexuality, bibliotherapy, and relationship quality in conferences around the country. He specializes in integrating aspects of poetry, art, music, and movement into an experiential model of therapy.

Justin Huft, MFTI

Clinical Program Director (Calabasas Facility)

Daniel Hay, MA

Therapist (Calabasas Facility)
Daniel Hay is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at Ryokan College, Los Angeles. He received his MA in clinical psychology from Ryokan College and his BA in psychology at California State University, Northridge. He is a board registered psych assistant specializing in Neuro Psychological Testing, Forensic Testing, and Treatment Planning. Daniel has worked with a diverse popultion of clients. He has had training and provided extensive treatment rooted in dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapy interventions. Daniel has lead adolescent and adult female therapy groups that focused on family dynamics; self harm prevention, affect regulation, and trauma coping utilities. His areas of study include neuropsychological testing and treatment planning for anxiety, somatic symptomology, trauma, OCD, borderline disorders, and autism spectrum.

Daniel Hay, MA

Therapist (Calabasas Facility)

Michael Dulman, CATC

Shift Lead (Malibu Facility)
Michael came to Creative Care in 2002 and is also a certified chemical addictions trained specialist. Michael brings a personal and professional passion and energy to helping clients find their way to recovery.

Michael Dulman, CATC

Shift Lead (Malibu Facility)

Cathy Holley, RRW

Shift Lead (Malibu Facility)
Cathy began working in the treatment field in 2008. She worked closely with clients in the LGBT community and also assisted clients in navigating their legal issues. In 2010, Cathy went back to school and completed the Addiction Studies Program at Pierce College and is also currently working towards her AA Degree. After 5 years of dedicated work, she brought her excellent client care skills to Creative Care and has been here since 2013.

Cathy Holley, RRW

Shift Lead (Malibu Facility)

Carli Buxbaum, CATC-i

IOP Coordinator (Malibu Facility)
Carli has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 2010 and joined Creative Care’s team in 2012. She graduated from Pierce College with a certificate in Addiction studies, is a member of CAADE, and brings perspective and strength to the clients that she works with including our LGBT demographic.

Carli Buxbaum, CATC-i

IOP Coordinator (Malibu Facility)

Jennifer Cooke, CATC1, NCAC1

Aftercare and IOP Coordinator (Malibu Facility)
Jennifer started at Creative Care Malibu in 2013. She has been working in the field of treatment since 2011 to give back to others what was given to her. Jennifer has completed the Addiction Studies at Pierce College and is currently studying to take the test to become a CATC. She is also working towards her AA degree. As one of our Senior Counselors, she facilitates groups and helps to manage our Resident Assistants.

Jennifer Cooke, CATC1, NCAC1

Aftercare and IOP Coordinator (Malibu Facility)

David Vazquez Jr

Shift Lead (Malibu Facility)
David has been working in treatment facilities, intensive outpatient programs and sober livings since 2012. He was raised by an alcoholic mother and drug addicted father and has seen firsthand how drugs and alcohol can destroy their lives and the lives of their families. David is currently pursuing his certification as a Fitness Instructor and strongly believes that health and fitness play a vital role in one’s personal recovery. It is David’s primary purpose in life to aid in the healing of all those he comes into contact with and hopes to help others learn how to have fun in their recovery!

David Vazquez Jr

Shift Lead (Malibu Facility)

David Sanchez

Resident Advisor (Malibu Facility)
David has been involved with the recovery community since 2013. He began working in the non-profit treatment sector for a year before bringing his first-hand knowledge of addiction to Creative Care in 2014. David is passionate about helping other addicts and alcoholics to find the triggers and behaviors that have caused them to relapse. David is active in the AA community and is very resourceful at connecting clients to strong and structured support groups.

David Sanchez

Resident Advisor (Malibu Facility)

Meccy Koroma

Resident Advisor (Malibu Facility)
Meccy has been working the field of addiction since 2012. Originally a business major, Meccy shifter her focus to Addiction Studies, after a close friend revealed their own personal struggles with addiction. Meccy’s desire to learn more about addiction lead her to change her focus in school, where she is now working towards her CADC certification. Meccy’s passion to help clients along their journey to sobriety makes her a wonderful addition to the Creative Care team.

Meccy Koroma

Resident Advisor (Malibu Facility)

Jordan Pope

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)
Jordan has a warm and calm presence which fosters comfort, growth, and stability. He is a Certified Personal Life-Coach and earned his B.A. in Business Administration. Aside from caring for others as a career, he has learned the art of giving undivided attention and compassion to those in need by taking care of his two sisters, who were born with disabilities, for over fifteen years. He is currently studying to become a certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner.

Jordan Pope

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)

Leon Perec

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)
Leon Perec has worked in the mental health field since 1995. He worked at Creative Care’s original mental health facility in Northridge for 10 years as a shift counselor. Leon has completed UCLA Extension Drug and Alcohol Program and is currently working on CADC certification.

Leon Perec

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)

Jill Williams

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)
Jill’s passion lies in serving the mental health community. In 2013, she earned her certification as peer counselor from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Jill acquired an education in diversity through working in community mental health centers with multicultural populations. She has experience running support groups that promote the development of skills such as problem solving techniques and healthy coping tools. Jill finds purpose in helping clients foster hope and empowerment and identifying the positive qualities within themselves.

Jill Williams

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)

Janet Moran, CADC-II, ICADC

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)
Janet has over 19 years of experience working in the field of mental health and substance use disorders. She obtained her first job in recovery working for a non-profit organization in 1997. She went on to earn an international certification as a drug and alcohol counselor. In 2000, Janet joined the staff at the original Creative Care, Northridge’s Mental Health Facility. Through her journey, she has acquired experience, education and an understanding of the relationship between drugs, alcohol and mental health disorders. Creative Care is grateful to have Janet as a part of the Calabasas family guiding our clients towards hope.

Janet Moran, CADC-II, ICADC

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)

Danielle Larracuente

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)
Danielle has always been passionate about helping others. She possesses a keen appreciation for the therapeutic process. Danielle earned her BS in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She is excited to continue her education in the psychology field, possibly with a concentration in psychiatry. She is dedicated to all avenues of recovery with a focus on compassion and mindfulness.

Danielle Larracuente

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)

Nancy Duarte

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)
Nancy obtained her Medical Assistant Certification through Charter College in Oxnard. She is currently receiving an education towards a license in nursing with long-term goal of becoming a doctor. Nancy has experience working with eating disorders, substance use disorders and mental health populations. Her passion to work in this fields is propelled by her own personal journey in recovery.

Nancy Duarte

Direct Care Staff (Calabasas Facility)

Chad Houfek, RRW

Staff Counselor (Malibu Facility)
Chad has been working in the field of addiction since 2005 and has been with Creative Care since 2016. Chad is a graduate of the UCLA drug and alcohol program and is certified through the state of California. Chad’s passion is helping clients educate themselves on the disease of addiction and how it affects their life.

Chad Houfek, RRW

Staff Counselor (Malibu Facility)

Danny Gonzalez

Resident Advisor (Malibu Facility)
Bio Coming Soon.

Danny Gonzalez

Resident Advisor (Malibu Facility)

Dean Kiafar, M.S.

Resident Advisor (Malibu Facility)
Having earned a Master of Science degree in Global Medicine from University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from the University of California San Diego, Dean is working towards becoming a physician specializing in Addiction Psychiatry. He joined Creative Care in 2014 and has worked as a liaison between clients and the treatment team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists. Dean has had significant experience working with underserved populations from various socio-cultural backgrounds both at home and abroad. He has been able to apply the knowledge and insight he has gained towards his meaningful partnerships with clients of all ages and walks of life. At Creative Care, Dean also facilitates group activity sessions to help clients develop long term healthy habits and behaviors that will assist them in their path towards sobriety.

Dean Kiafar, M.S.

Resident Advisor (Malibu Facility)

Teri Gressman

Resident Advisor (Malibu Facility)
Bio Coming Soon.

Teri Gressman

Resident Advisor (Malibu Facility)

Christine Greene

Executive Chef (Calabasas Facility)
Christine grew up in Calabasas during her adolescent years where she fostered a love for cooking. She nurtured this passion launching her own catering company in 2002 with a high-profile clientele ranging from business luncheons to catering private jets. After 15 years, Christine closed her catering company to join the Creative Care Calabasas family back in her hometown of Calabasas as executive chef. Men and women faced with mental health disorders and challenges is something she holds close to her heart. Christine adds healing to the clients through healthy food, nutrition and a warm presence.

Christine Greene

Executive Chef (Calabasas Facility)

Lynn Tumpa

Registered Dietician (Malibu Facility)
Lynn Tumpa is known throughout the country for her inspiring speeches about nutrition. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association and has practiced nutrition counseling for more than 19 years. Lynn is a graduate of Hood College, served an internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is a certified Kundalini yoga instructor. Her innovative approach to nutritional treatment includes the integration of meditation and yogic philosophies.

Lynn Tumpa

Registered Dietician (Malibu Facility)

Cameron James Saul, RRW

Director of Admissions
Cameron James Saul began fulfilling his passion of helping others in 2007 when he worked as a Program Developer for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department creating programs for inmates to begin their journey of sobriety. He has worked in residential substance abuse treatment since 2008. Cameron started as a technician responsible for the day to day activities of clients and he started to gain an understanding of how residential treatment centers work from the client’s perspective. His desire to make the client’s experience the best possible, led him into the Contracts Manager position of a large non-profit organization where he managed various government grants in order to maximize client usage. Cameron’s passion for connecting people to the best services available brought him to Creative Care to realize his goal of helping people access the highest quality of care available.

Cameron James Saul, RRW

Director of Admissions

David Vazquez, RRW

Senior Admissions Coordinator
David has been with Creative Care since 2014 and believes our clients and their families deserve to be treated with respect and dignity at this most stressful time. He understands that success depends upon individual treatment and a personalized program, which is along the line of Creative Care Malibu’s individual treatment plans based on each client’s history and circumstances rather than a “one size fits all” approach. David has worked in numerous treatment centers and comes to us with over 12 years of substance use disorder experience. He has participated in over 3500 hours of treatment center courses, which include, Anger Management, Relapse Prevention, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavior.

David Vazquez, RRW

Senior Admissions Coordinator

Katy Eyer, CATC I

Director of Outreach
Katy is a San Fernando Valley native and recovering alcoholic who fostered a passion for recovery as a result of her own journey. She earned her first position working in the field of recovery in 2012 as a counselor here at Creative Care, Malibu. While working at Creative Care, Katy attended the Addiction Studies Program at Pierce College through its completion. She earned her CATC I certification as a drug and alcohol counselor. Katy moved on to gain diversity and expand her skill-set working with the LGBTQ, HIV+, homeless and post-incarcerated demographic. Her passion to serve those with mental health issues and substance use disorders continued to grow throughout her experience. Katy’s dedication to serve the community by building relationships has led her back to Creative Care as the Director of Outreach. Her promise is to support each client obtain the individual care they need and deserve, as well as making sure each client has a smooth transition in the next part of their journey to recovery and healing. Katy is currently working towards her BA in Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

Katy Eyer, CATC I

Director of Outreach

Amanda Hackney, RAS

Senior Insurance Liason
Amanda has been fulfilling her passion of helping others since 2012. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and is currently in the process of obtaining her CATC-I degree. Amanda began working as a counselor in the addiction field, and used her organizational skills to increase the level of charting and documentation for clients. Amanda joined the Insurance Team here at Creative Care and is excited to use her passion for helping other addicts and alcoholics. As the Insurance Case Manager, she advocates for each client, to ensure maximization of insurance benefits, allowing clients to receive longer term care.

Amanda Hackney, RAS

Senior Insurance Liason

Robert Alleman

Billing Coordinator
Rob Alleman has an extensive background in Business Development, Marketing and Finance. Having worked in multiple industries with companies around the world, Rob is a seasoned professional with proficiency in identifying opportunities and maximizing the human capital. Since joining the team in early 2015, Rob has enjoyed utilizing his past experience to streamline the Billing and Finance processes at Creative Care. For Rob, the most rewarding aspect of his position at Creative Care is being able to simplify the financial aspects of treatment so that clients and families are able to focus on what’s most important.

Robert Alleman

Billing Coordinator

Nina Firooz, MFTI

Organizational Development Specialist
Nina has been with Creative Care since 2012 and is a bi-lingual staff counselor fluent in Farsi. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, with a specialization in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) psychology. Nina is dedicated to the population that she specializes in and is also a valuable asset to Creative Care for our Farsi speaking community. She is currently working towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Nina Firooz, MFTI

Organizational Development Specialist

Joey Rodriguez

Operations Manager
Joey has been with Creative Care since 2006. He has many years of experience working within the treatment field. As Creative Care Malibu’s Operations Manager, he is in charge of making sure the facility runs smoothly and that both staff and clients have everything they need in order to be comfortable.

Joey Rodriguez

Operations Manager

Tiffany Kessler

Executive Administrative Assistant
Tiffany Kessler came to Creative Care Malibu in 2014 to join our administration team as an executive administrator and excels in organization and detail oriented work. She helps manage our Human Resource department, Insurance Department as well as scheduling for Dr. K. Tiffany remains excited to bring all her skills to the team to keep us running efficiently.

Tiffany Kessler

Executive Administrative Assistant