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Our Team

You’re in good hands at Summit Estate.

Summit Estate’s treatment team brings compassion, a high level of skill, and years of experience. With a highly beneficial 3-to-1 client-to-staff ratio, Summit Estate will make sure each client gets personalized, individualized addiction help. Our clinical, counseling, and therapy staff is equipped to deal with a wide range of needs associated with all types of substance abuse – from psychological and medical issues to counseling and coaching. Our clients also enjoy delicious meals prepared by our professional chef, and a wide variety of holistic activities led by our dedicated, compassionate yoga instructor, fitness coach, acupuncturist, and many others.

Clinical Team

  • Tyler Fitzgerald, LMFT
    Tyler Fitzgerald, LMFT
    Clinical Director
Tyler Fitzgerald, LMFT
Clinical Director

“As the Clinical Director I feel that truly individualized treatment is a top priority.  No one should feel that they are just a number or another client.  Everyone has a story to tell and need to be in a place where they can safety share their story.  Everyone needs to feel cared about.  Psychotherapy is my passion and one of my core beliefs as a necessary element to long term sobriety.   The disease of addiction cannot yet be cured, but I believe it can be controlled through intensive psychotherapy and use of a program of recovery, no matter what that program is.  If you want to keep what you have got, you must keep doing what you were doing to get it.  Recovery is no different that diet and exercise.  If you want to lose weight or gain strength, you must follow a plan and keep doing it if you want to keep your results.  This is not a program for people who need it, it is a program for people who want it.  If you want it, I know we can help you.  My passion is providing a treatment experience that is relevant and reality based.   We are not perfect.  No one is.  So let’s learn what we can from this experience and apply it to your life so you can become the person you never knew you could be.”

Tyler Fitzgerald holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a licensed psychotherapist in the state of California and has completed a specialty in chemical dependency and substance use disorders.  He has gained experience is a wide variety of environments including being Clinical Director in a 208-bed locked psychiatric facility and outpatient substance abuse treatment program, case management care for a nationwide mental health insurance provider, clinical supervisor and provider for a sexual assault trauma center, and college professor.  His private practice has reached hundreds of individuals struggling with substance use disorders, weight/eating issues, perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence, trauma survivors, couples communication problems, parenting and custody issues.

Therapists

  • John R. Mulvey, LCSW
    John R. Mulvey, LCSW
    Therapist
  • David Jordan, M.S. AMFT
    David Jordan, M.S. AMFT
    Therapist
  • Megan Duffy, ASW
    Megan Duffy, ASW
    Therapist
  • Roshin Abraham, M.S. APCC
    Roshin Abraham, M.S. APCC
    Therapist
John R. Mulvey, LCSW
Therapist

John R. Mulvey, LCSW

David Jordan, M.S. AMFT
Therapist

David Jordan

Megan Duffy, ASW
Therapist

Megan Duffy,

Roshin Abraham, M.S. APCC
Therapist

Roshin Abraham, M.S. APCC

Counselors

  • Shelley E. McAlpine, M.A., LAADC
    Shelley E. McAlpine, M.A., LAADC
    Counselor
  • Suzanne M. Baxter,  RADT
    Suzanne M. Baxter, RADT
    Resident Assistant
  • Les Washburn
    Les Washburn
    Counselor
  • Judy Isaac
    Judy Isaac
    Program Coordinator
  • Debbie Clarke
    Debbie Clarke
    Counselor
Shelley E. McAlpine, M.A., LAADC
Counselor

Shelley E. McAlpine, M.A., Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC), Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Ms. McAlpine has worked for several years in Northern California as a licensed counselor in alcohol and drug residential, intensive outpatient, and day treatment programs. She also maintains a private practice in Santa Clara County. Ms. McAlpine has served as a public speaker about recovery and authored a book titled, A Taste for Recovery…a personal story of survival and a roadmap to restoring physical health (published 2015), that focuses on the critical importance of physical healing in maintaining long-term recovery.

Suzanne M. Baxter, RADT
Resident Assistant

Suzanne Baxter, RADT

Les Washburn
Counselor

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Judy Isaac
Program Coordinator

Judy has been involved in the 12-Step community for over 6 years. Judy’s passion is to help others struggling with addiction and dual diagnosis to find a new way of life free from alcohol and drugs. Judy is persuading a certification in Addictions Studies with Briening Institute, and is a registered with CAADE.

Judy, who herself is in recovery she understands the day-to-day challenges that new clients face in early recovery. She takes great pride in providing an environment where real transformation is possible. She believes “a comfortable, structured, safe and supportive living environment is an essential part of maintaining long-term sobriety.”

Judy is thrilled to be able to provide an informative, comforting, and supportive, welcoming presence to clients as an Program Coordinator at Summit Estate. She consistently demonstrated compassion for those struggling with sobriety. Her primary purpose is the help another person to achieve recovery.

Debbie Clarke
Counselor

Highly skilled, solution oriented, empathetic, and compassionate addiction professional dedicated to providing  exceptional treatment to adults experiencing drug and alcohol abuse. Professional experience working with diverse client populations utilizing evidence based practices including: CBT, DBT, and MI in group therapy and individual counseling. Led group therapy sessions including: drug & alcohol education, relapse prevention, women’s groups, horticulture therapy groups, men’s groups, and process groups.

She received her Bachelors of Science, Psychology from Loma Linda University.

 

Medical Affiliates

  • Dr. Craig Smith M.D.
    Dr. Craig Smith M.D.
    Consulting ABPM / ABAM Addictionologist
  • Dr. William D. Stanley M.D.
    Dr. William D. Stanley M.D.
    Consulting ASAM / ABAM Addictionologist
  • Dr. Lisa Benya D.O.
    Dr. Lisa Benya D.O.
    CONSULTING INTERNAL MEDICINE DOCTOR
Dr. Craig Smith M.D.
Consulting ABPM / ABAM Addictionologist

Dr. Craig V. Smith, M.D. is a former organ transplant surgeon, who now dedicates his practice to addiction medicine. He received his M.D. degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Smith then completed his general surgical residency at Harbor-UCLA medical center and his multi-organ transplant surgical fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh medical center. He returned to UCLA medical center to start his career in academic transplant surgery, performing transplants, teaching students and residents while also conducting research on transplantation for the treatment of diabetes. During his academic career as an associate professor of surgery, Dr. Smith performed more than 500 organ transplants at UCLA, UC Irvine and the City of Hope National Medical Center.

Since alcohol and drug use are leading causes of organ damage leading to the need for a transplant, Dr. Smith learned about addiction by listening to his patients. More importantly, since a requirement to receive an organ transplant is abstinence from using alcohol and drugs, Dr. Smith learned about recovery from listening to his patients. After listening over the years, pursuing self-study and continuing medical education in the field of addiction, in 2009 Dr. Smith decided to dedicate his career to addiction medicine.

Dr. Smith is board certified in Addiction Medicine by both the American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. William D. Stanley M.D.
Consulting ASAM / ABAM Addictionologist
Dr. William D. Stanley received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ.  He did his Residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.  He did 1 year of a Master’s program in Anatomy at University of Maryland Baltimore City campus prior to matriculating to medical school that next year.
He has worked in Internal Medicine for the majority of his professional life both inpatient and outpatient.  He started Parkside Medical Assoc, PA in Trenton, NJ, employing 4 physicians.  He noticed he had an interest in substance abuse and started involvement with ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) in 1998.  He completed his Boards in ASAM in 2000 and, later, by ABAM (American Board of Addiction Medicine) in 2010.  Since 2013 he has concentrated his time exclusively to the treatment of Substance Abuse disorders.  Prior to his joining Dr. Benya and her team in California, he was Medical Director of both an inpatient detox unit and 2 outpatient treatment programs, all located in New Jersey.  He has an active license to practice medicine in both New Jersey and California.
Dr. Lisa Benya D.O.
CONSULTING INTERNAL MEDICINE DOCTOR

Dr. Lisa Benya is a internal medicine doctor servicing the addiction community for over 10 years. Her caring and compassionate approach has earned her a great reputation for being one of the Malibu’s favorite doctors. Dr. Benya provides care both in the office setting as well as the hospitals (St.John’s and Santa-Monica UCLA Hospitals), managing every medical issue from beginning to resolution. She also offers top of the line medical spa treatments at her CURE Spas, located in Malibu, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Also, she has recently begun offering a Concierge & Tele-Medicine based medicine practice, offering personalized medical care 24/7.

 

Holistic Consultants

  • Pablo Diego Viramontes
    Pablo Diego Viramontes
    Native Wisdom
  • Annee Delaware, LPT/LVN, CHT, EAT
    Annee Delaware, LPT/LVN, CHT, EAT
    Expressive Arts/Coaching
Pablo Diego Viramontes
Native Wisdom

MA, BA, Lifetime Teaching Credential, Board President, Indian Health Center, Santa Clara Valley, “In Depth Program” Four Fold Way, Fire Starter “ White Bison Wellbriety Institute” G.O.N.A (Gathering of Native Americans) Facilator. Participant Traditional Ceremonies, Professional Artist, Master/Craftsman and Cross Cultural Consultant.

For the past forty years Pablo has dedicated his life to serve “At Risk Youth”, Families in crisis, the disenfranchised, those struggling with addiction and looking for a “CHANGE”.

As an Independent Contractor at Summit Estates Recovery Center I provide a spiritual component to compliment the nutrition, physical fitness, meditation, yoga, counseling, and therapy, that is provided at Summit Estates.

I thank the wise counsel that have given me the permission to share teachings rooted in traditional ancient knowledge that have been passed on by their elders. I often have the participants use of “HANDS”, stories, songs, and ceremonies and rituals that touch the heart and create a respect that honors the past and creates a respect of honoring the past and knowing the importance of what future will bring.

All my Relations, “All Life is Sacred”

Annee Delaware, LPT/LVN, CHT, EAT
Expressive Arts/Coaching

Annee comes with 35 years of experience in psychiatric and addiction nurse counseling which enables her to move between challenging and unique assignments with clients suffering addiction and co-occurring illnesses. At Summit Estate, she facilitates groups in Expressive Arts for symptoms of Post Acute Withdrawal, early recovery, and clients seeking clarity and actualization of personal creativity. Annee comes with a wealth of experience, having co-founded Safe-Passages, an addiction recovery and transition service, along with being an Admissions Consultant and Outreach at Crossroads Centre Antigua. “FACILITATE, EDUCATE, MOTIVATE, CREATE. Facilitate… to make easy… to Educate and normalize human suffering, mental illness and chemical dependency and Motivate change with compassion, strength building, knowledge and inspiration. Explore the edges of Creative Expression as a vehicle for change, self exploration and expression.”

Clinical Consultant

  • Dr.  Kenneth Blum  PhD.
    Dr. Kenneth Blum PhD.
    B.Sc (Pharmacy), M.Sc, PhD, DHL
Dr. Kenneth Blum PhD.
B.Sc (Pharmacy), M.Sc, PhD, DHL

Dr. Kenneth Blum, B.Sc (Pharmacy), M.Sc, PhD, DHL, received his PhD in Neuropharmacology from New York Medical College and is a graduate of Columbia University and New Jersey College of Medicine. He trained at the University of Colorado’s Institute of Behavioral Genetics in Boulder and received a doctor of humane letters from St. Martins University. Additionally, he has published 542 abstracts, peer-reviewed articles and 14 books.

The lead author of a new Springer Neuroscience Brief book on the 12 Steps entitled “Molecular Neurobiology of Addiction Recovery”, Dr. Blum is working with Mark Gold, MD to develop the first ever “Neuroscience of Addiction” reference work for Springer, a 4-volume, 3000-page tome with 150 contributors for release in 2015.

Dr. Blum is the recipient of many grants and awards, including a Lifetime Achievement in Addiction Medicine from the Holistic Institute on Addiction Studies, a Presidential Award for Scientific Excellence from the National Council of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors, Scientific Achievement Award from City of Life Miami, and Best Abstract 2012 from ASRA (pain). He is the lead author on the first genetic association of dopaminergic gene with severe alcoholism and considered by some as the “Father of Psychiatric Genetics”.

Currently, Dr. Blum serves as Editor-in-Chief of Human Pharmacology, Toxicology and Genomic reports and CO EIC for Addiction Genetics and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reward Deficiency Syndrome. He is on the editorials boards of 14 other scientific journals, is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Florida College of Medicine, the McKnight Brain Institute, and the University of Vermont. He is Emeritus Faculty of The Institute of Applied Genomics and Biotechnology, Nagpur, India.

Dr. Blum is President & CEO of IGENE LLC, Austin, Texas and Founding President of United Science Group (USG) and serves as Neuroscience advisor to many companies and foundations. His work on addiction has been covered by major media outlets worldwide.

Outreach

  • Jon Heller, RADT-1
    Jon Heller, RADT-1
    Admissions Director
Jon Heller, RADT-1
Admissions Director

Jon Heller’s career in Addiction Treatment began 20 years ago as a Psych Tech on a Hospital Dual Diagnosis  Unit. While attending school at Pasadena City College he founded and created one of the first Addiction Resource Directories on the Internet, and for the next 8 years worked with treatment programs all over the country in helping educate the public and the profession about this new technology, as well as help them reach people and families in need through online resources. In 2007 Jon made the decision to re-enter the clinical side of addiction treatment, starting at the very bottom as an Overnight Tech and quickly moving through the ranks of Counselor, Program Supervisor, Program Manager and Director of Operations for facilities both large and small, for profit and non-profit. In 2017, Jon was introduced to Summit Estate and it was an immediate match. Having worked in the past with several of the Summit Estate team at other programs, Jon knew right away that the quality of treatment and level of professionalism would make for a great environment to continue his work of helping families find treatment.

As the Admissions Director for Summit Estate, Jon doesn’t just work the front lines, he is the front line. Fielding 15-20 calls a day from those seeking help and their families, Jon helps them navigate the questions and confusion that come with the process of getting admitted into a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program. From the initial telephone interview to financial and insurance concerns to pre-assessment and engagement with the Clinical Director, Jon’s job is to help people get help.

Admin

  • KC Sharak
    KC Sharak
    Bookkeeper
KC Sharak
Bookkeeper

KC is a Business Management professional specializing in providing day- to-day bookkeeping service.

With more than 20 years of experiences keeping an eye on the ‘bottom line’, as well as demonstrating accuracy in recording and discretion to business’ most private of matters,

their financials!

Executive Team

  • Joan Borsten
    Joan Borsten
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Joan Borsten
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A native of Southern California, Joan graduated UC Berkeley, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama and got her Masters degree from USC. She then became a journalist, based first in Tel Aviv and then in Rome, working both the Jerusalem Post and the Calendar Section of the Los Angeles Times.

With her husband, Russian film star Oleg Vidov, she owned and operated a successful film and television production/distribution company.

In 2007 they co-founded Malibu Beach Recovery Center, an alcohol and drug treatment facility based on neuroscience. She served as CEO from 2007, eventually expanding operations to include a women’s only facility in West Los Angeles. Both treatment centers and an affiliated Intensive Outpatient Program were acquired by RiverMend Health in June 2014.

Since then Joan has continued the advocacy work she began in 2009 for California’s proud network of addiction treatment facilities.
In 2016 she co-founded the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition. (ATAC.ORG)

In 2018 Joan became Summit’s Executive Director.

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