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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
Ed Blum, C.A.D.C.A.I.
Chief Executive Officer, Owner
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.
DeAnna M. Jordan, M.F.T.t., CADC ll
Clinical Director, Owner
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.
Susie Hopson-Blum, C.A.D.C.A.I.
Director of Admissions, Owner
Susie is an Owner as well as the Director of Admissions at New Method Wellness. With more than 6 years of experience managing and directing a behavioral health treatment facility, Susie’s level of professional expertise ranges from the proper implementation of policies and procedures to creating systems for an efficient and healthy center. Susie maintains a solid 12-Step program as the foundation for treatment at New Method Wellness, informing all aspects of treatment, and serving as the core philosophy for the organization. She embraces the challenge of providing superior treatment services to the entire family system impacted by drug addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness. She is passionate about being an integral part of the intervention process, directing and guiding families to assist their loved one from active addiction to the safety of treatment. Susie is a certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and is also a Certified National Drug and Alcohol Assessor from the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Interventionists. Susie has been in recovery for 26 years and has remained an active and vital member in the local recovery community ever since she went to treatment in 1988. Prior to opening New Method Wellness, Susie sold real estate for 35 years.
Bing Crosby, BA
Chief Financial Officer, Owner
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juanita Wells, CADC1
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Juanita is an Drug and Alcohol 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.
Linda Snell
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Linda is a drug and alcohol counselor at New Method Wellness. She takes pride in seeing her clients’ progress, as she is a true believer in the New Method Wellness philosophy and the genuine power of change. She gained experience in the field working at the Orange County Department of Probation in the Juvenile Sex Crimes Unit. From this experience Linda was exposed to individuals and families affected by substance abuse and was inspired to work with this population further. She obtained her Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Studies in 2014. Linda also has training in domestic violence, SMART Recovery, and Christian counseling. Linda obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis on Human Development from Hope International University and a Masters in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University. Currently, she is a Master of Social Work candidate at University of Southern California. “I believe knowledge is power.”
James Shoffeitt
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
James is a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at New Method Wellness. He has been in recovery for over 6 years and has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 2011. He is a graduate of the Human Services Program at Saddleback College. His philosophy is that recovery truly happens when the mind, body, and spirit become one. He is advocate for surf, equine, and outdoor therapies. He believes there are as many paths to recovery as rivers that reach the sea. His passion lies in helping others find themselves, recovery, and their purpose in life. “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings…” -Lao Tzu
Laura Callicutt
Office Manager
Laura is one of the first friendly faces to greet you at New Method Wellness. She is the life blood of the center and handles all of the day to day operations with grace and aplomb. Her organizational skills and mindset are essential in keeping clients and staff well informed, all the while ensuring an efficient program atmosphere. Laura’s leadership philosophy is based on the understanding that leadership itself takes practice. She believes that everyone can be a leader, but leadership would not exist without ethical utilities such as honesty, authenticity, transparency, integrity, and a commitment to self-respect and leading by example. In recovery for over 2 years, she understands the importance of working a quality 12-Step program and is active in the local recovery community.
Karin Scarpone
Human Resources Manager
Karin is our Human Resources Manager and she strives to achieve an effective and efficient team of compassionate, qualified, and well-trained individuals at New Method Wellness. She also works diligently to ensure the maintenance of appropriate policies and procedures. Her personal recovery journey began in 2010. At that time she realized she was passionate about advocating for addiction treatment and recovery. She is now dedicating her career to paying forward the gift of sobriety. Prior to working in recovery, Karin’s work experience was in marketing and administration. She considers it a blessing to work for a company dedicated to helping others improve their quality of life.
Anna Lasher
Office Assistant
Anna is also one of the first friendly faces to greet you at New Method Wellness. She transcends warmth and compassion to each and every client and strives to set a positive and comfortable tone for their experience here. She is instrumental in coordinating the daily operations that keep the center running smoothly. Her cheerful personality and passion for helping others in recovery is contagious. She recently celebrated 1 year of sobriety and is an active member of the local recovery community.
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.
Stacey Chumley
Women’s House Manager
Stacey graduated from Pasadena City College with an Associate of Arts degree in Social Science and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Stacey’s recovery journey began in 2003 and she is active in 12-Step program. She is dedicated to the program and is passionate about helping others through the process of recovery.
Kat Dukes
Women’s House Manager
Kat Dukes is a Women’s House Manager at New Method Wellness.
Sydney Ross
Women’s House Manager
Sydney is one of our women’s house managers at New Method Wellness. Her duties include managing the daily operations at the house as well as transporting clients to and from the center, meetings, appointments and daily activities. She is a driven and compassionate individual with a deep affinity for working with recovering addicts and alcoholics. She has been in recovery from active addiction since June 2011 and uses her experiences to guide and support others in their sobriety. Sydney is currently a full-time student studying Computer Science.
Meghan Gruhin
House Manager for Executive Living
Meghan Gruhin is our House Manager for Executive Living.
Joseph Palermo
Men’s House Manager
Joe is one of our men’s house managers at New Method Wellness. His duties include managing the daily operations at the house as well as transporting clients to and from the center, meetings, appointments and daily activities. He also helps at the center with various activities whenever needed. Joe went to treatment at New Method Wellness which helps in his ability to relate to the clients and share his experience in the program. He recently celebrated 1 year of sobriety and is an active member of the local recovery community.
Doug Pleiman
Men’s House Manager
Doug is one of our men’s house managers at New Method Wellness. He earned his B.S in Psychology at Virginia teach and is currently in school to get his CADC certification. His duties include managing the daily operations at the house as well as transporting clients to and from the center, meetings, appointments and daily activities. He also helps at the treatment center with various activities whenever needed. He is instrumental in providing accountability and support for the clients throughout their early recovery.
Thomas O’Sullivan
Men’s House Manager
Thomas O’Sullivan is a Men’s House Manager.
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.
Austin Hooper
Detoxification House Manager
Austin is one of our detox house managers at New Method Wellness. His duties include managing the daily operations at the house as well as transporting clients to and from the center, meetings, appointments and daily activities. He also helps at the treatment center with various activities whenever needed. Austin is active in the recovery community and has worked diligently to rebuild his life. He has a working knowledge of recovery and is able to relate to the clients through his own experience.
Meleny Jez
Detoxification House Manager
Meleny is one of our detox house managers at New Method Wellness. Her duties include managing client medications, providing clients with positive emotional support, as well as ensuring that they are comfortable during their early stages of recovery. She recently graduated from Stanbridge College for vocational nursing and is working towards becoming a registered nurse.
Brad Fleishman
Detoxification House Manager
Brad Fleishman is a Detox House Manager.
Kammy Ingram
Kammy is our bookkeeper at New Method Wellness. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine. Kammy has enjoyed being a part of the New Method Wellness team since the company began.
Kevin Robertson
CARF Consultant
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.
Ginnie Thomas
Massage Therapist
Ginnie Thomas is our Massage Therapist.
Desirée Lee
Yoga Instructor
Desirée Lee is our Yoga Instructor.
Edmund Erickson
Edmund is our Licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist at New Method Wellness and has over 16 years of clinical experience. He uses the following treatment methods in clinic: traditional Chinese acupuncture, traditional Japanese meridian therapy, and the balance method. He also treats such things as: detoxification, addiction, pain of any kind (physical or emotional), weak digestion, stress, anxiety, sleep problems, fatigue, and mind-body disconnection. Edmund is Nationally Certified as a Diplomat in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM. He holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California.
Priscilla Jadallah
Nutrition Counselor
Priscilla is our Nutrition Counselor at New Method Wellness. She is a marriage family therapist intern who graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Masters in clinical psychology. Priscilla specializes on working with eating disorders and food related issues. Priscilla has worked extensively with eating disorders for five years. She has a true passion for helping others and her mission is to give hope that recovery is possible.
Genevieve Garcia, MA Psychology
Therapeutic Arts Counselor
Genevieve is our Therapeutic Arts Counselor at New Method Wellness. She finds that having a creative outlet enables individuals to express emotions that are sometimes difficult to communicate through words. Genevieve facilitates workshops where clients use a variety of different media as an outlet to express themselves through being creative. She finds that creativity can be a wonderful tool to build confidence, express emotions, and process difficult experiences. Her goal is for clients to be in the moment and lose themselves in the process, to experience peace, insight, positive reinforcement, and expression through creativity. Genevieve has studied both psychology and art. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and a certificate of Therapeutic Arts Facilitation from Chapman University’s extended education program.
April Dona
Equine Therapist
April Dona is our Equine Therapist.
John Salat
Tai Chi Instructor
John is our seasoned Tai Chi instructor at New Method Wellness offering clients an embodiment of true tranquil connection. Mindfulness is most enjoyed when one finds ownership from their own source to align to inner peace, thus becoming easily attained and fully accessible. Through a variety of meditation techniques, these exercise styles involve standing, moving, sitting and walking meditation, all promoting one’s deeper state of joy. An awarded book author, John is recognized through his public appearances (magazines, radio and TV) where his unique art hybrids natural life energy with physics to body mechanics so to influence powerfully one’s state of true being.
Barbara Rodriguez
Counselor Intern
Barbara is currently working toward her Alcohol and Drug Counseling certificate at Saddleback College. She earned her undergraduate degree in Paralegal Studies at Southern Illinois University with a minor in Criminal Justice. She has plans to further her education by working toward a graduate degree in Addiction Counseling. After losing her daughter to addiction, Barbara was drawn to the field of recovery with hopes of using her experiences to help others. She has a passion to educate and empower families who may be struggling with a loved one’s addiction; believing that addiction is a family disease. Barbara is dedicated to supporting the clients and their families through their recovery journey.
Jenna Robinson
Jenna is a Master of Social Work Candidate at the University of Southern California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oregon where she first gained experience working in a drug and alcohol treatment setting. Jenna is passionate about providing hope to those in need and is grateful for the opportunity to support individuals on their road to recovery.

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