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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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 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.
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 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.