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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. ???? Schedule an appointment with Susie Hopson – click on this link
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
Assistant Clinical Director
Joey is an Assistant Clinical Director. He has been working with people who have addiction problems as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karine Scarpone
Office Manager
Karine Scarpone is our Office Manager at New Method Wellness.
Meghan Gruhin
House Manager for Executive Living
Meghan Gruhin is our House Manager for Executive Living.
Doug Pleiman
Men’s House Manger
Doug Plieman is our Men’s House Manger.
Joseph Palermo
Men’s House Manger
Joseph Palermo is our Men’s House Manger.
Austin Hooper
Detoxification House Manager
Austin Hooper is our Detoxification House Manager.
John Salat
Tai Chi Instructor
John Salat is our Tai Chi Instructor.
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.
Laura Callicutt
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.
James Shoffeitt
C.A.T.C. Counselor
James Shoffeitt is a C.A.T.C. Counselor.
Stacey Chummley
Women’s House Manager
Stacey Chummley is a Women’s House Manager at New Method Wellness.
Women’s House Manager
Sydney is a Women’s House Manager at New Method Wellness.
Jenna Robinson
Jenna Robinson is our Intern at New Method Wellness.
Barbara Rodriguez
Counselor Intern
Barbara Rodriguez is our Councelor Intern at New Method Wellness.
Anna is our Receptionist at New Method Wellness.
Kevin Robertson
NMW Staff
Kevin Robertson comes to New Method Wellness with over 20 years executive level experience in residentially-based dual diagnosis treatment programs. He served as Executive Director for Keystone/Broad Horizons, a 40 bed residential program in San Diego before becoming Director of Programs and Business Development at San Diego Center for Children, a 72 bed residential program serving children and adolescents. Most recently, Kevin has provided accreditation and licensure consult to several programs throughout California. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, and his MBA from National University.
Kami Ingram
Kami Ingram is our Bookkeeper at New Method Wellness.

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