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Professional Addiction Team Treatment Staff – HIPAA Certified


What is HIPAA?
HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which does the following:

  • Allows workers and their families to transfer and continue health insurance coverage when they change or lose jobs
  • Designed to decreases health care fraud and abuse
  • Sets industry-wide standards for health care information such as electronic billing
  • Requires protection and confidential handling of protected health information
DeAnna M. Jordan, M.F.T.t., CADC ll
Clinical Director
Enthusiastic about service in recovery, DeAnna has worked with women in recovery for over 20 years, specializing in the maintenance of healthy relationships. DeAnna received a bachelors’ degree from University of California in Irvine and did post-graduate work at Centaur University. In Centaur’s Chemical Dependency program, DeAnna graduated in the top of her class with CAADAC certification to become a talented and respected drug abuse counselor at New Method Wellness.
Dr. Ruta Sternbergs, ED.D., Psy.D., CADC
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Ruta started her career as a R.N., which lead to her interest in the psychological needs of patients. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston University, where she was asked to co-evaluate their inaugural Master’s Program Specializing in Counseling Women. Ruta also completed the requirements for her Psy. D. from the American Behavioral Studies Institute. For the past several years, Ruta has been and active member of the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Orange County. Ruta has discovered that her true calling in the field of addiction recovery. “I can not think of any other disease that has such a profound impact on so many”. She considers it to be an honor to connect and work with clients as they embark on their personal journey of recovery. Ruta enjoys her family, friends and all creatures, big or small.
Dr. Nishant Kumar, D.O.
Consulting Psychiatrist
 Dr. Nishant Kumar is a Board Certified General Psychiatrist qualified in Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Kumar attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated with a degree in psychobiology and economics. He then went on to pursue his medical training at Western University of Health Sciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California, graduating with a D.O. degree. Dr. Kumar received his psychiatry residency training at the distinguished Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, where he served as the Academic, Research and Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Kumar has completed advanced training in Addiction Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he is also serving as part of the Medical Staff and supervises Psychiatrists in training. Dr. Kumar is an approved and licensed buprenorphine provider and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has extensive experience working with both outpatients and inpatients in treating substance abuse disorders, eating disorders and various other psychiatric disorders. In addition to his clinical skills, he is actively involved in addiction related research and is currently a Principal Investigator for Friends Research Institute in Torrance, California.
Susie Hopson-Blum, C.N.D.A.A., C.N.D.A.I., C.A.D.C.A.
Intake Director
Susie has been in recovery since 1988 and has a passion for working with others. Our belief here at New Method Wellness is to be gentle, loving, and kind as well as to let our potential clients know that we really do care. Almost everyday, you can call the center and talk to Susie to talk about the process and levels we follow. Besides working for intake with New Method Wellness, Susie is very involved in recovery and 12 Step work.

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Dr. K. Mitchell Naficy, M.D., FAAFP
Consulting Physcian
Dr. Naficy is a Board Certified specialist of Family Medicine whose style of patient care involves caring for the person as a whole, rather than just treating a particular symptom or illness. His credentials include a Bachelors degree in Microbiology from Rutgers University followed by obtaining his medical Doctorate in Puerto Rico. Dr. Naficy completed an internship in 1990 at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles and then 3 years of residency at UCI Medical Center in Irvine, CA.
Joey Hunter, CATC
Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor
Joey is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) and has been working with people who have addiction problems since 2008. Joey comes from a family where addiction is pervasive, and he takes a personal approach with our clients in their battle for recovery. His focus on self-efficacy and pragmatic approach to the obstacles our clients face while in treatment helps them to find the best path to navigate sobriety. In his free time Joey likes to read and loves climbing mountains.
Billy Reynolds, CADCA
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Billy is a personable professional with 8 ½ years of experience in the recovery field. Billy takes his profession very seriously. Billy lost his brother to addiction. Since then, Billy has committed himself to do all he can to help others with addiction.
Juanita Wells, CADC1
Juanita is an Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor with strong ties in the field of recovery. She has a profound understanding with each step of recovery and demonstrates the compassion to gently guide the entire family down the path of recovery. She believes pro-active measures are necessary when someone is suffering from the disease of addiction. Her diverse background and thoughtful insight provides a comforting voice of reassurance as the addict navigates their journey in recovery. Always willing to go the extra distance, she ensures our clients receive the highest quality of care possible.
Katrina Harris, M.F.T.t.
Passionate and caring professional with expertise in behavioral health/substance abuse treatment. Demonstrated ability to work with both the administrative and the clinical aspects of addiction treatment. Consistently successful in academia including undergraduate and graduate research and publications.
Graduated with honors from University of California Berkeley. Currently pursuing graduate degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Counseling Psychology program. Founded a surf school that specializes in teaching people in early recovery.
Kelly McMullen, M.F.T.t.
Kelly’s was an instructor at the community college and private university level for ten years. She also spent several years doing educational counseling for adults. She has close to a decade and a half of passionate work with women in all different examples of recovery, and has years of experience doing group counseling at the college level and facilitating sacred circles with women. She is pursuing her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and her license as a Marriage Family Therapist. Kelly is also a skilled Reiki consultant with over ten years facilitating meditation, self-development, and wellness with her clients..
Tracy Buxton, RN
Registered Nurse
Tracy has been nursing for 16 years, with the majority of her career spent in Home Health Care specializing in geriatrics with a national certification in wound care where she specialized in limb salvation and healing of chronic wounds. In addition, Tracy has also worked in skilled nursing care, hospital care, primary care, and marketing/liaison work.
Kristi Hughes
Art Therapist
Kristi brings a creative outlet for self-expression to clients at New Method Wellness. Combining her artistic background with counseling education and 12-Step theory, Kristi facilitates workshops that promote client self-discovery and confidence building through art making and process critique. With personal experience in overcoming addiction, Kristi understands the dilemma faced by many in early recovery of suddenly feeling emotions that sometimes cannot even be identified, let alone expressed with just simple words. Clients work in a variety of media including paint, ink, clay, and sculpture that are well suited to provide alternative avenues of self-expression that stretch beyond the limits of verbal communication. Kristi holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Studio Art and a Bachelor’s of Art in Art History from Chapman University.
Marissa Kent
Marissa has extensive experience working with people with disordered eating, insulin resistance, diabetes prevention and weight management. Through individualized counseling and group education, she utilizes up-to-date research in the field of nutrition to promote health and prevent disease.
“I have a passion for helping others to achieve body satisfaction, weight management, and simply enhanced health. It is important to reconnect the mind to the body by paying attention to biological hunger versus emotional hunger. I believe that a healthy relationship with food is necessary for success. There is no diet or exercise plan that will fit the lives of every individual. The best way to achieve your goals is through individual analysis. Your nutritional plan will be based on your goals, your needs, and your body.” Marissa received a degree in food and nutrition from California State University, Long Beach.
Chandee Corwin
Certified Personal Trainer – Performance Corrective Exercise and Peformance Enhancement Specialist
Chandee has over 20 years in the fitness industry. She is an expert in weight lifting, aerobic exercise and functional training. It has has been her passion to help her clients overcome their physical and emotional barriers to achieve their fitness goals. She has successfully trained several clients recovering from addiction. Her hobbies include, surfing, hiking and preparation for body building competition.
Kate Fennelly
Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Kate Fennelly, L.Ac., is a California State licensed acupuncturist and herbalist practicing in South Orange County. She is a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist and uses the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Auricular (ear) Protocol. She specializes in pain management, substance abuse, addiction recovery, detoxification and rehabilitation. Kate has studied and continues to utilize Vipassana Meditation, is a Reiki Master and trains in Tae Kwon Do and Qi Gong.
Peggy Kotner
House Manager – (Women Only)
Peggy is the manager for the women’s residence at New Method Wellness. Transporting clients to meetings, social gatherings, scheduled activities, treatment sessions and errands, Peggy assures to take great care and responsibility. She assists clients with performance of their assignments, time management and keeps the household day to day operations enforced.
Enza Deliso
Women’s House Manager
Enza is one of our women’s house managers at New Method Wellness. A professional in the healthcare industry, Enza uses her experience to assist the women in their recovery. Enza’s duties include transporting the clients to and from their groups, meetings, and any other appointments they may have. Enza loves supporting the women in their journey of sobriety.
Stuart Reed
House Manager – Men Only
Stuart is special part of the New Method Wellness staff as the men’s-only house Manager. He brings to the job an essence of warm positive regard for each man. Assisting with transporting clients to program specific sober functions, Stuart assures to take great care and responsibility. Stuart assists clients with specific guidelines outlined by administrative staff and counselors.
Derek Cisna
PG House Manager – Men Only
Derek is the manager of the progressive growth house. He keeps clients in the house accountable, helps with transportation to meetings, and is available to assist in finding a job. He helps the treatment center with various activities whenever needed. Derek is active in the recovery world and has worked to rebuild his life. He knows what is expected and helps others to meet requirements and succeed in sobriety.
Rhoda Oliveira
Office Manager
Rhoda is a welcome addition to the New Method Wellness Staff. Bringing a friendly smile and bright, energetic attitude to the office, she helps with admission intakes, filing, reception and general administrative duties. She loves working in recovery and seeing clients grow and thrive in sobriety.
Laura Callicutt
Assistant Office Manager
Laura is one of the first friendly faces when you walk into New Method Wellness. She is here to help with receptionist duties or assist clients with questions about the program. Also in recovery, she understands the importance of the program and is very welcoming.
Ed Blum, C.A.D.C.A.
Chief Executive Officer
One of the founders of New Method Wellness, Ed now serves as our Chief Executive Officer. His 30 year background as a successful business executive combined with his passion for service in the field of recovery make him a perfect fit for the position. Ed brings a supportive but no-nonsense personal style to New Method Wellness and clients always rightfully feel that they have a personal ally at the highest levels of the organization. Ed served in the military for 15 years, enjoys cooking for crowds, and loves to play golf.
Bing Crosby, BA
Chief Financial Officer
Bing is the Chief Financial Officer at New Method Wellness. After landing a football scholarship at Boise State University, Bing went on to graduate from Vanguard University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Having owned several businesses in the past including a daycare center, Bing is well suited to serve as the overseer of financial matters for New Method Wellness.

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