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


  • Amy Barton-Cayton, PhD, MFT
    Amy Barton-Cayton, PhD, MFT
    Clinical Supervisor
  • Carlos Leglu, Jr. LMFT
    Carlos Leglu, Jr. LMFT
    Counselor/Therapist
  • Hope Schachter, M.A., MFTi, C.P.D.E.
    Hope Schachter, M.A., MFTi, C.P.D.E.
    Therapist
  • Elizabeth “Beth” Brandt, MFTi
    Elizabeth “Beth” Brandt, MFTi
    Therapist
  • Peter Aimonetti, RRW
    Peter Aimonetti, RRW
    Counselor
  • David Lanoue, CADC-I
    David Lanoue, CADC-I
    Counselor
  • Lindsey Singleton CADC II
    Lindsey Singleton CADC II
    Counselor
  • Gerry Acheta
    Gerry Acheta
    Program Technician I
  • Andrew Ford
    Andrew Ford
    Program Technician I
  • Nikki Geranios
    Nikki Geranios
    Program Technician II
  • Orpheus Buster-Brown
    Orpheus Buster-Brown
    Program Technician I
  • Eric Mellor
    Eric Mellor
    Program Technician I
  • Hank Skipp
    Hank Skipp
    Program Technician I
Amy Barton-Cayton, PhD, MFT
Clinical Supervisor

Amy Barton-Cayton, PhD, MFT 25317, Board Certified Professional Counselor, Doctoral Addictions Counselor and Certified Addiction Specialist has been working with individuals, couples, groups and families to resolve an array of ‘dis-ease’ for 30 years.

Amy uses a blend of developmental, existential, mindful, experiential and Buddhist psychological theories combined with methods such as CBT, Meditation, Emotional Freedom, and Re-Creation of the Self.

In addition to private practice, Amy has worked in residential recovery as well as teaching in the UCSC Extension Certification in Drug and Alcohol Studies, and at JFKU in Holistic Psychology. Additionally she teaches and leads trainings internationally. Her first career was in Sociology so she is much concerned with the interweaving of individual and social issues.

Carlos Leglu, Jr. LMFT
Counselor/Therapist

Carlos Leglu, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist has provided counseling services to adolescents, adults, and families in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties for the past 30 years. He has extensive experience managing county mental health outpatient clinics and private residential treatment programs. Specializing in creating innovative dual recovery residential treatment programs, he has worked with individuals with severe mental disorders and substance use disorders.

Carlos received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. He employs Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Humanistic Psychology within a treatment approach that values each person’s basic human needs, innate capabilities, unique life experience and potential for growth.

Hope Schachter, M.A., MFTi, C.P.D.E.
Therapist

Hope Schachter believes that connection and a sense of belonging are essential components of a healthy and fulfilling life, with a great understanding of the delicate and complex work of cultivating and empowering these qualities in each client. Her training in creative arts therapies allows for creative expression and exploration as a part of a holistic approach to honor the client’s process and personal story.

Whether clients are in a place of crisis, trauma, or transition on their path of personal and spiritual growth, the purpose of Hope’s work is to provide compassion and support while helping them arrive at a place of clarity and self awareness: where clients are choosing and owning their values, and grounded in their goals, instead of being controlled by them. Hope’s work is client-centered and integrative, drawing on positive psychology, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral and narrative therapies. Her experience as Family Readiness Program Lead for the US Army Reserves, and over a dozen years as a childcare consultant, trained Postpartum Doula and certified Parent Educator, provide a basis for her work with families, couples and children in addressing delicate family issues. In addition, Hope has served as a Marital and Family Therapist Intern with Stanford Medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital as a part of a multidisciplinary treatment team working with adolescents and young adults recovering from eating disorders, substance abuse, and grief/loss.

Hope facilitates Yin Yoga and maintains a consistent mindfulness practice, which she considers to be an integral part of her ability to empathize and connect with others. Yin Yoga is a meditative form of yoga in which students are guided through a series of long held postures, wherein the students develop a capacity for sitting with, or making room for, their own discomfort. It is also her personal belief that each relationship has the potential to provide insight and transform everyone involved, particularly within the therapeutic relationship she shares with her clients.

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.

Peter Aimonetti, RRW
Counselor

Peter has been a Counselor at Summit Estate since 2011 and is a Registered Recovery Worker (RRW) with the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. Peter has worked in the field of addiction treatment since 2005. Peter received his BA in Sociology from Humboldt State University and is certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (C.P.I), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (D.B.T.), and LEAD (Licensed Education on Alcohol and Drugs). Peter’s professional specialties include Conflict Management, Prompting and Behavior, Joint Attention, and Communication. As a Primary Counselor at Summit Estate, Peter’s primary duties include assessing clients using diagnostic instruments and processes to determine each individual client’s needs, Individual Counseling, assisting clients with legal and court issues, treatment planning, and relapse prevention planning.

David Lanoue, CADC-I
Counselor

David Lanoue is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, CADC I certified through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. David ran the Adult IOP Substance Abuse Treatment Program at The Camp for 3 years. He joins Summit Estate as the Primary Counselor for Summit’s Intensive Outpatient Program.

His approach to addiction counseling is not only focused on relapse prevention, but a healthy spiritual balance through greater mindfulness paired with a better understanding of how chemicals affect brain chemistry.

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 is a perplexing and heart-wrenching ailment. Years of experience have proven to me that we have the ability to recover and live fulfilling, healthy lives free from addictive substances and behaviors. My approach to wellness is a combination of truth, grace, and encouragement; helping people access their individual strengths and passions, and redirect their lives.”

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

Gerry Acheta
Program Technician I

Gerry went to San Jose State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After graduation, he worked for Milpitas Unified School District as a Behavioral Management Therapist. He was involved in their Early Intervention Program for where he learned valuable skills while working with the school district. Prior to joining Summit, he worked at the Center for Speech and Occupational Therapy where he was a Clinical Aide as well as the clinics Preschool Teacher in their Co-Ops preschool class. He brings years of experience from a varied background and his communication, interpersonal and organizational skills provide a solid touchstone for all clients at Summit.

Andrew Ford
Program Technician I

Andrew Ford has many years of experience in 12-step program recovery, as well as experience in 12-step alternative programs. He is a registered RADT-I and has over 1 year prior experience working in the recovery field. Andrew is currently in school pursuing his CADAC at San Jose City College’s drug and alcohol studies program. He is also pursuing his Associates degree in Psychology. His personal experience in recovery as well as his prior time in residential treatment has given Andrew a unique outlook on recovery and treatment alike. His personal philosophy is to never give up hope. He believes that all people in this world deserve a good life despite their past and that it is never too late to change.

Nikki Geranios
Program Technician II

Nikki completed the Chemical Dependency Counseling program at Centaur College. She is passionate about coaching clients toward sustained recovery in a safe, comfortable environment. She joined the Summit team after working in Orange County as a Case Manager at an outpatient day program. Prior to working in recovery, Nikki earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from San Jose State University where she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Nikki originally taught life skills and sensory integration to young children, and feels her teaching experience and personal journey with recovery have fostered her commitment to helping others begin their process of growth and healing.

Orpheus Buster-Brown
Program Technician I

Orpheus brings with him several years of 12-step, alternative recovery fellowship and intervention experience, along with 25 years of business background in hospitality. He is presently a member of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and is a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT). Orpheus is currently working towards his Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification. Orpheus will have his AA in addiction counseling through Diablo Valley Community College at the end of Spring 2017. He will also be working toward his graduate work in psychology and sociology, and has experience in recovery relapse prevention processes. Orpheus sees recovery from addiction as a journey, not a destination, and believes that everyone has the ability to find themselves through the process of recovery.

Eric Mellor
Program Technician I

Eric Mellor has a lot of personal experience in understanding how rehabilitation programs work, bringing Summit Estate his knowledge of these programs as well as his background in AA meetings and the importance of support groups in recovery. Eric also believes that spirituality is an important component to sobriety. He enjoys reading about this subject and learning the benefits it has for recovery. Eric is grateful to have been given the opportunity to live his own life of sobriety in such a beautiful area, to be able to find ways to take care of himself through going to the beach, hiking, seeing the Redwoods and the mountains and to be able to share his own experiences with others in recovery as well.

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle that you know nothing about. So be kind always.” Anonymous

Hank Skipp
Program Technician I

Hank has worked for Summit Estate since July of 2016.  He holds a BA in History and is working towards becoming an LCSW.  Hank has three years of his own personal recovery and likes to integrate personal practices like surfing into his approach to recovery.  He believes those fortunate enough to overcome their addiction bear a certain responsibility towards other addicts in need.  His personal struggle with substance abuse has forced him to reexamine nearly every facet of his life, and ultimately directed him to towards a career that allows him to interact with other addicts on a daily basis. In this small way, he feels he has been provided the opportunity to give back what was so freely given to him, the chance to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life. 

Outreach


  • Elisabeth “Liz” Winchell, MA, CATC IV, MFTi
    Elisabeth “Liz” Winchell, MA, CATC IV, MFTi
    Intake Coordinator
Elisabeth “Liz” Winchell, MA, CATC IV, MFTi
Intake Coordinator

Elisabeth Winchell is a graduate of Phillips Graduate Institute, with a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who is also CATC IV certified.

Elisabeth has had the privilege of working in the field of substance abuse treatment for over twenty years and firmly believes that miracles are possible! She has a wide range of experience specializing in prescription opioid and benzodiazepine use, trauma, disordered eating, and women’s recovery needs. Her passion is working with families in crisis and assisting them to develop hope through more adaptive communication. Her employment history includes working at The Meadows (under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Carnes), with active duty Marines at the Camp Pendleton Consolidated Substance Abuse Counseling Center, creating the Eating Disorders Track at Rancho L’Abri, working as Director of Admissions at Malibu Beach Recovery Center, Clinical Lead at Infinity Malibu, and Executive Clinical Director for a multi-site substance abuse treatment center located in Orange County and Los Angeles. She is honored to join the team at Summit Estate.

Holistic


  • Lisa Garrido
    Lisa Garrido
    Yoga Teacher and Energy Practitioner
  • Rachel Wilson
    Rachel Wilson
    Chef
  • Sid Fontana
    Sid Fontana
    Tai Chi, Chi Gong & Meditation
  • Bob Ripp
    Bob Ripp
    Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Cally Haber
    Cally Haber
    Acupuncturist
  • Annee Delaware, LPT/LVN, CHT, EAT
    Annee Delaware, LPT/LVN, CHT, EAT
    Expressive Arts/Coaching
  • Pablo Diego Viramontes nhanhu (Otomi) AA, BA , MA
    Pablo Diego Viramontes nhanhu (Otomi) AA, BA , MA
    Native American Wisdom
  • Debra D. Carroll, M.A.
    Debra D. Carroll, M.A.
    Expressive Arts Therapist
Lisa Garrido
Yoga Teacher and Energy Practitioner

Lisa Garrido has worked with Summit Estate Recovery Center Clients since 2012 as a Yoga Teacher and Energy Practitioner. Lisa’s journey began in the movement arts at a very young age when she was drawn to the elements of expression and loving power. Lisa is both certified and registered as a Yoga Instructor, and she is also certified as a Hoopdance Trainer and Reiki Practitioner. She is a 200 hour RYT and gained certification through her work with Mark Stephens of Santa Cruz Yoga. In addition, she is a certified Hoopdance Trainer through Hoopgirl, Inc., and is also currently working on her Usui Reiki Master certification. Lisa’s 20+- year career has been heavily focused on working with substance abusers, cancer patients, injured people, and those experiencing mental and emotional trauma; her diverse professional background has enabled her to understand the various and differing needs of her clients.

Lisa’s Yoga Group is an integral therapeutic tool primarily directed at helping Summit Clients acquire healthy physical behaviors that are widely effective in managing the mental and emotional health issues that so many substance abusers experience and self-medicate. Lisa’s instruction and client education efforts provide Summit Clients the opportunity to learn and experience “alternative” tools. With these tools, Summit Clients are able to effectively minimize the feelings of anxiety and depression that often accompany substance abuse patterns. Lisa believes in living and expressing individual truth, and feels that the “movement arts” help to align the inner and outer expressions of oneself. Lisa’s classes help Summit Clients ground their thinking in the present, empowering self-awareness, self-acceptance, and thus, self-love.

Rachel Wilson
Chef

Hailing from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America with over fifteen years experience, Chef Rachel has worked all facets of the professional kitchen. While earning her title as, “Chef” she honed her skills in the fast-paced world of off-site catering and event management. Coming full circle, Chef Rachel was recruited by The Art Institute, Silicon Valley as a Chef Instructor-educating the latest generation of culinary professionals. Chef Rachel believes in the slow foods movement, utilizing whole food to nourish mind, body and spirit. Her true beliefs of preparing food from the kitchen’s hearth to the table, is the means of a healthy lifestyle. Her signature cuisine ranges from local California cuisine – to a global conference. It is apparent Chef Rachel believes balanced nutrition improves mood, health, and happiness; while becoming an important part of the recovery toolbox.

Sid Fontana
Tai Chi, Chi Gong & Meditation

Sid Fontana has a background in meditation that spans more than 40 years. Also a long-time student of Chang I-Chung, Sid has taught Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Ba Gua since 1985, with a focus on sparring. He has developed a practical way to teach “Lifestyle Qi Gong,” bringing ease and simplicity into his students’ lives. Sid’s classes provide an immeasurable source of peace for the mind, body and spirit allowing another avenue for the healing process to come to the forefront; ensuring the Summit Estate program is a well-rounded one.

Bob Ripp
Personal Fitness Trainer

Bob is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Bob has been working with clients in one-on-one and group sessions since 1997. He was a Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness for 5 years and has run his own Personal Training business since 2002. Bob has been working with Summit Estate clients since early 2012.

As a Fitness Instructor, Bob leads Summit Estate clients in a variety of resistance training exercises, cardio drills, core and abdominal exercises, and stretching exercises, all designed to promote physical wellness as a function of Summit Estate’s mind, body, and spirit approach to 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 32 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.”

Pablo Diego Viramontes nhanhu (Otomi) AA, BA , MA
Native American Wisdom

Pablo Diego is a retired teacher from the Alternative Schools Department, Santa Clara County. He is the co-found of cOyate creations, cultural arts studio, consulting services, and spiritual guidance. Pablo Diego helped pioneer the first Alternative School in Santa Clara County, “The Foundry School”, which was recognized in Washington, D.C. as a model of an education foundation that met and exceeded all others in the nation.

For 40-plus years, Pablo Diego has dedicated his life to youth, families, veterans, and community members who have faced challenges with abuse, violence, gangs, family dysfunction, drug and alcohol abuse, and racism. As an Artist and Mastercraftsman, Pablo Diego draws upon the original teachings of the Grandmothers/Grandfathers that are rooted in the spiritual respect of all of life, to rekindle and relight the creative fire within. He uses this indigenous approach to healing where individuals create a safe space to be creative and share with acceptance and without judgment.

Debra D. Carroll, M.A.
Expressive Arts Therapist

Debra D. Carroll, M.A., Expressive Arts Therapist, is the owner and founder of Shamanic Arts Education & Counseling SM.  Debra received her undergraduate degree from the rigorous program of studies of the histories of Western science, literature and philosophy at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  At John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California, she received her Master of Arts Degree for interdisciplinary studies in Expressive Arts Therapies, Studies of Human Consciousness and Holistic Health Education. 

While still a graduate student, Debra developed the Mythic Drama SM process, creating masks, movement and ritual drama based on students’ dreams.  She started teaching the process to graduate students while she was still a student.  In 1985 Debra was the co-founding Editor of Shaman’s Drum: Journal of Experiential Shamanism and remained an Editorial Advisor for the lifetime of the magazine.  She studied with indigenous shamans and healers in and from North, Central, and South America, the Pacific Rim, and Africa.

Debra has taught graduate students at John F. Kennedy University and has served on the core graduate faculty at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She also lectured on personality theory in graduate Education at the University of New Mexico. From her shamanic dreaming heritage Debra developed the Shamanic Waking, Lucid Dreaming SM modality, which has proven effective in treatment of depression, anxiety.

Debra currently lives and practices in Woodside, California.

Medical Affiliates


  • Dr. Jerry Callaway, M.D.
    Dr. Jerry Callaway, M.D.
  • Dr. Stephen M. Stein, M.D., ABFP, ABAM, ASAM
    Dr. Stephen M. Stein, M.D., ABFP, ABAM, ASAM
  • Kathe Gibboney RN, FNP
    Kathe Gibboney RN, FNP
    Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Jerry Callaway, M.D.

Dr. Jerry Callaway is an ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Certified Doctor, and Addiction Specialist. Dr. Callaway is passionate about substance abuse recovery, and shares this passion with his patients. His care and concern for their well-being is clearly apparent through the highly focused attention he provides each one of his patients. Dr. Callaway is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is licensed in California. He received his medical degree from the University Of California, Irvine, College Of Medicine, and completed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Callaway is affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, and has been practicing medicine since 1976.

In 2012, Dr. Callaway was recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, an award that recognizes those physicians who are among the very best in their medical specialties, both regionally and nationally. This award is especially prestigious because the physicians are nominated by their peers.

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.

Kathe Gibboney RN, FNP
Nurse Practitioner

Kathe Gibboney is a Family Nurse Practitioner, and has worked in Primary Care in California since 1994. She has studied both Psychology and Nursing and, over the years, her focus has included more and more Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry, and she now specializes in these areas.

Currently, she works both at Summit Estate Recovery Center and The Center for Enhanced Recovery in Redwood City.

Kathe believes in the miracle of Recovery, and strives to help all of her patients achieve it.

Clinical Consultants


  • Terrence T. Gorski
    Terrence T. Gorski
    Expert Consultant
Terrence T. Gorski
Expert Consultant

Terrence is one of the most well-known, internationally renowned clinicians and pioneers in the field of Substance Abuse Treatment, and is the Expert Consultant for Staff Development and Training here at Summit Estate Recovery Center. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) recognizes Terry Gorski as developing one of the three “best known and most respected treatment approaches in the United States”. Summit Estate’s Clinical Team employs Terry Gorski’s acclaimed approach to provide individually-driven treatment that produces lasting results.

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