Our Substance Abuse Treatment Staff

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. Summit Estate’s treatment team can make the difficult process of recovery as comfortable and successful as possible. See below to learn about the members of our clinical, holistic and outreach teams, as well as, medical affiliates and clinical consultants. To take a tour of our treatment facilities and meet some of our staff, click here.

Clinical


  • Debbie Clarke
    Debbie Clarke
    Counselor
  • Tyler Fitzgerald, LMFT
    Tyler Fitzgerald, LMFT
    Clinical Director
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.

 

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.    

Medical Affiliates


  • Meredith Sagan, MD
    Meredith Sagan, MD
    CONSULTING ADDICTION PSYCHIATRIST
  • Dr. Lisa Benya D.O.
    Dr. Lisa Benya D.O.
    CONSULTING INTERNAL MEDICINE DOCTOR
  • Dr. Stephen M. Stein, M.D., ABFP, ABAM, ASAM
    Dr. Stephen M. Stein, M.D., ABFP, ABAM, ASAM
Meredith Sagan, MD
CONSULTING ADDICTION PSYCHIATRIST

Meredith Sagan, MD is a UCLA Semel Institute trained Psychiatrist who is on the cutting edge of the integrative medicine movement.  For over 20 years, and in tandem with her mainstream career as a child, adolescent and adult Psychiatrist, Dr. Sagan developed her capacities as a medical intuitive by studying with shamans, spiritual leaders, and yoga masters from around the world in order to find ways to heal mental disorders naturally.

Dr Sagan found that the common cause of people’s stress anxiety and mental health issues stem from a lack of alignment with the core self. Bringing people into greater alignment with themselves could cure the symptoms of mental health issues, addictions, trauma and anxiety.

With extensive expertise in psychiatric medication management, homeopathy, and mind-body medicine psychotherapies, Dr. Sagan offers a unique combination of treatments to help you or your loved one find stability, peace and balance, both safely and effectively.  The client will develop a deep understanding of themselves through mind-body techniques that are also designed to eventually replace medication if practiced regularly.

Dr Sagan also specializes in treating Adjustment Disorder, PTSD, Psychiatric Diseases including Addiction, and Schizoaffective Disorder.

She attended Medical School at Tulane University School of Medicine and Completed 2 Residency’s at La Co Harbor UCLA Medical Center and Tulane School of Medicine and has over 2 decades of experience in East West Integrative Therapies and Psychiatry. Dr. Sagan’s pioneering holistic psychiatry program is designed to give clients tools that will last a lifetime.  Dr. Sagan specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addiction and psycho-spiritual crises.

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.

 

Dr. Stephen M. Stein, M.D., ABFP, ABAM, ASAM

Dr. Stephen Stein brings years of experience in the field of Addiction Medicine. As a member of ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) and the CSAM (California Society of Addiction Medicine), Dr. Stein has the passion and knowledge in providing the beat treatment for each of his patients. Dr. Stein has a vast background ranging from Medical Advisor for various Santa Cruz County agencies to being Medical Director of numerous recovery centers and has been practicing medicine since 1972.

Clinical Consultants


  • Kenneth Blum
    Kenneth Blum
    B.Sc (Pharmacy), M.Sc, PhD, DHL
  • Elizabeth “Beth” Brandt, MFTi
    Elizabeth “Beth” Brandt, MFTi
    Therapist
  • Lindsey Singleton CADC II
    Lindsey Singleton CADC II
    Counselor
Kenneth Blum
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.

Elizabeth “Beth” Brandt, MFTi
Therapist

Elizabeth (Beth) Brandt is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (#75375) with a Master’s degree in Art Therapy. Beth began working in the field of Mental Health with employment on a psychiatric unit as an undergrad and quickly realized the power of art and human connection in helping individuals to heal. Her studies in neuropsychology, art, and anthropology have shaped her passions as a person, as well as her approach to working with individuals in therapy. Beth uses the power of metaphor and the creative arts to support individuals in the process of self-discovery, healing, and mindfulness practice.

Beth likes to use an individualized approach to treatment with modalities of existential-humanistic, motivational interviewing, CBT, Satir Systemic Therapy, solution focused, and client centered therapies.

Prior to joining the Summit Team, Beth has had extensive experience working as a clinician with adults with severe mental illness; as an equine therapist, as a school-based counselor, and most recently, as an Outpatient Substance Use Counselor for the Santa Clara County Department of Drug and Alcohol system of care.

Beth believes that change is possible for anyone, and that human beings intrinsically possess the internal resources to develop positive change, discover possibilities, and heal from past wounding. Beth emphasizes that by discovering on a deeper level what is in the way, we can move forward in becoming our true selves.

Lindsey Singleton CADC II
Counselor

Lindsey is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II (CADC II) and a member of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) since 2010. She has also received her Bachelors of Science, Psychology from William Jessup University. Professionally experience in individual and group counseling, motivational therapy, relapse prevention, child reunification services, court compliance, and fitness & nutrition coaching, Lindsey is a well-rounded member bringing her years of experience to Summit Estate.

“Addiction recovery is about moving away from a state of dis-ease towards a place of ease and contentment within. This can seem and feel impossible for someone who is stuck in dis-ease. My professional encounters with so many amazing, creative, brilliant, sensitive, resilient yet addicted people has taught me a great deal about why we become stuck and how to get un-stuck. You can recover and live a whole-hearted life free from substance use and other addictive behaviors and you are so very deserving of this freedom.”

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Holistic Consultants


  • Pablo Diego Viramontes
    Pablo Diego Viramontes
    Native Wisdom
  • Lisa Perry
    Lisa Perry
    Healing Arts Specialist/Massage Therapist
  • Cally Haber
    Cally Haber
    Acupuncturist
  • 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”

Lisa Perry
Healing Arts Specialist/Massage Therapist

With over 20 years in the industry, Lisa has a passion for healing and creating peace and ease for all of her clients. She has worked with many pro athletes, actors and musicians. Massage therapy; deep tissue, relaxation, intuitive touch, acupressure Aroma therapy using Doterra essential oils Energy work; Access Consciousness BARS, Reiki and Metatronia Therapy Lisa has a private office in downtown Los Gatos and Santana Row. She also teaches classes on energy healing and does speaking engagements. Lisa has a son who recovered from a drug addiction and she knows first hand the benefits of a recovery center and hands on healing. She is committed to being of service to all who come to Summit Estate Recovery.

Cally Haber
Acupuncturist

Cally Haber is a board licensed and nationally certified Acupuncturist. She was part of the first class of Five Branches Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and started her private practice in Santa Cruz in 1988. Having set-up and run acupuncture programs in over 30 facilities, both residential and out patient, Cally comes with extensive knowledge and expertise in using acupuncture as a form of treatment for clients ranging from those in recovery to treating first responders during times of disaster. “I continue to be amazed by, and appreciative of, the profound peace and relaxation acupuncture can bring to people dealing with high levels of stress.” Cally is also a registered trainer with the National Acupuncture Detox Association and has given many talks and presentations at NADA conferences. She served on the NADA Board of Directors for 8 years, part of which as vice president. When not working, Cally can be found enjoying outdoor activities like horseback riding, ocean paddling with the Santa Cruz Outriggers Club or tending to her organic garden.

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.”

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!

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