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Bob Forrest

Program Founder

The longtime partner of Dr. Drew Pinsky, Bob has helped countless alcoholics and addicts get sober and find their purpose. Bob Forrest is considered to be one of the finest drug counsellors living today, assisting everyone from award winning celebrities to struggling teens. His success in connecting with clients and their loved ones can directly… Read More

Dr. Jorge Partida

PsyD, Director of Family Program

Dr. Jorge Partida is a Psychologist, Green Advocate, and Indigenous Healer. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to Chicago at nine years of age. Dr. Jorge has been a consultant on many national and international projects in the areas of education, health, diversity, and spirituality.  Dr. Jorge has worked with local and… Read More

Carson Winn

MSW, LCSW, Clinical Director

Carson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has been since 2007. He holds an LCSW in both California and Florida. He received his Master’s Degree from Florida State University in 2004, and has additional post-graduate education in depth psychology and clinical supervision. He utilizes a variety of research based practices with his current interests… Read More

Dr. 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… Read More

Dr. Lisa Benya

DO, Consulting Internal Medicine Doctor

Dr. Lisa Benya is a internal medicine doctor servicing the Malibu community for over 10 years. Her caring and compassionate approach has earned her a great reputation for being one of the area’s favorite doctors. In addition to her regular medical practice, she also offers top of the line spa treatments at her CURE Spas,… Read More

Lyndsey Vroman

CAADAC, Director of Human Resources

Lyndsey is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor  (CAADAC) through the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies. She has worked in the field of addiction since 2009. Lyndsey uses her own experience of recovery to empathize with clients, and guide them through life after drugs and alcohol. Lyndsey is also a certified Pilates instructor, and enjoys being… Read More

Nurse Lu Montiel


Nurse Lu is a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) who has worked as a nurse since 2008, and in the recovery field since 2010. Lu Graduated from a private Nurse Institute in Ventura, CA. After obtaining her license, Lu has worked in several treatment centers as a charge nurse and nurse manager in acute detoxification units,… Read More

Jesse Lauricella

MA, MFT, Therapist

Jesse Lauricella is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Spanish Literature from Georgia State University. In addition to his clinical work, Jesse is an avid surfer and musician. Jesse has devoted his career… Read More

Chris Paulson

MA, LMFT, Program Director

Chris Paulson has been working in the substance abuse treatment field since 2005. With eleven years of experience, ranging from admissions, intake, operations, and administration, he decided to focus on one, if not the most important elements of the treatment experience – clinical work. Chris earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with Antioch University Los… Read More

Jeanette Ramey

BA, Primary Therapist

Jeanette is a graduate of California State University Channel Islands, where she received a BA in Psychology. She is currently a clinical psychology fourth year doctoral candidate at California Lutheran University. For the past three years she has worked with a variety of populations and has focused on issues related to trauma, chronic illnesses, pain,… Read More

Jodi Wagner

CATC, CSC, Director of Case Management

Jodi is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC), Clinical Supervisor Credentialed (CSC) through Breining Institute, and has worked in the recovery field since 1999.  Jodi worked at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health with woman with co-occurring disorder as a primary counselor. For the last nine years, before coming to Alo House, Jodi worked at the… Read More

Suzi Landolphi

Clinical Supervisor

Suzi Landolphi’s commitment to community service began in the early-1980s, when she became a leader in the HIV/AIDS movement. From 1989 to 1996, Suzi served as a keynote speaker for universities and corporations, and authored two books on positive behavior change. In 1997, Suzi hosted her own nightly radio call-in show, and a late night… Read More

Soraya Soto

RRW, Intake Director and Joint Commission Compliance Officer

Soraya truly understands what the process of walking through the fears of addiction looks like.  She not only vigorously works at her own program of recovery, but also pours her heart into helping those around her, in both her personal and professional life.  With her experience working in treatment prior to coming to Alo House,… Read More

Gary Stanis

Resident Manager

Gary found a new way of living through the 12-step process of recovery. Having battled with alcohol abuse throughout his adult life, Gary discovered a way of living free from the addiction that had became a hindrance to his ability to grow and function like those around him. Gary has been free from this battle for the last 11 years.… Read More

Gabrielle Burr

Residential Advisor, CATC-I

Gabrielle graduated from the Addiction Studies Program at Pierce College on the Dean’s Honor Roll so that she could fulfill her passion of helping people suffering from substance use disorders. Her ultimate goal is to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Gabrielle got a great start in helping individuals on the road to recovery… Read More

Trever Roberts

CATC-I, Case Manager

Trever was born and raised in Ventura, California.  Trever starting using at a very young age, and found himself homeless and living on the streets for many years, in and out of correction facilities. Trever got clean at age 25, and found he had a passion for helping people through the process of recovery and treatment. Trever currently attends Oxnard… Read More

Lawrence “Larry” Williams

Residential Advisor

A recovering addict himself, Lawrence understands and empathizes with what a struggling addict is experiencing when they first come into treatment. Larry began using drugs as a teenager, and the majority of his young adult life was spent in and out of correctional facilities. Sitting in his prison cell one day, he was struck with a profound… Read More

Sal Michael Federico

Residential Advisor

Mike didn’t take the usual path in life. He starting using alcohol and drugs at young age, and in the process, missed out on a normal childhood. After a lengthy 19 year battle with addiction, Mike now has over four years clean. It took an outpatient program and help from 12-step program to give Mike a… Read More

Alexis Haines

CDAAC Intern

Alexis completed her schooling to become a chemical dependency counselor in October 2011. Since that time, she has worked at several treatment centers, and is currently completing her practicum hours. Alexis got sober at nineteen years old, after facing up to six years in the California State prison system due to her addiction to heroin.… Read More

Corey Cardenas

Equine Specialist

Corey has been horse crazy for as long as she can remember. Regularly riding and being with horses since she was three, Corey has been well shaped and trained by the horse. She is continually learning the subtle art of body language and reading energy. With a genuine love of people, trust in the Divine,… Read More

Rachel Corbett

Director of Business Development

Rachel is a Los Angeles native and recovering alcoholic who has been in the field of substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, mental health, relationship building, and integrated care recovery since 2005. For many years she fulfilled her desire to help others by dedicating her work to facilitating the linkage of all populations including LGBTQ, HIV +, and those with… Read More

Carly Van Riper

BA, Insurance Coordinator

Carly spent a couple of years living in the the beautiful countryside of Idaho, where she worked as an office administrator for the state of Idaho’s Department of Parks and Recreation.  Born and raised in California, Carly eventually decided it was time to come home. Carly’s positive personality is what makes her a great fit here… Read More

Thomas Feldman

Director of Finance

Thomas graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in statistics and psychology. Thomas went on to work in various positions in finance and sales in Miami, Washington, DC and New York City for three years. Not fulfilled by this career path, he moved across the country and became very involved in the Southern California… Read More

Evan Haines

MA, Co-Founder

Evan is a Co-Founder of Alo House, and specializes in admissions, and marketing and business development.  An active participant in the recovery world, it felt natural for Evan to transition into the sober living business, and help others obtain and maintain sobriety.  In 2010, he and Jared founded Alo House, which, in less than three… Read More

Jared Valentine


Jared is a Co-Founder of Alo House.  He is a Certified Developer and Operator of Sober Living Housing, and successfully operated Alo House sober living for a number of years before taking the company through the licensing process. Jared believed that it was time to offer a licensed substance use disorder and mental health program at Alo… Read More

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