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.
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, 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.
Katharina Schoellhammer, M.A., MFT Registered Intern #85439
Katharina is passionate about quality and compassionate mental health care. She believes in holding a safe and caring environment to help clients come to understand and accept their most authentic selves, while helping them process and explore life’s hurts that take away from living peacefully. Katharina believes in working with the totality of the individual and exploring how emotional, physical, and spiritual resources can be used to promote healing. Katharina uses an integrative approach, drawing on attachment theory, family systems theory, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral theory.
Katharina has experience working in substance use disorder treatment, helping individuals address those issues, allowing for a process of self-discovery and growth. She also has experience with adolescents, young adults, and families. Her love of people makes her eager to work with a diverse array of clients at all different stages of life.
Katharina received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine in 2006, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Palo Alto University in 2014.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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. 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 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 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.
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.