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.
Chief Executive Officer, Owner/Founder
Ed is an Owner/Founder as well as the Chief Executive Officer at New Method Wellness bringing a supportive but no-nonsense approach to the center. He is passionate about recovery service and has been a crucial leader in the development of New Method Wellness, helping to bring to the forefront the center’s strengths. Ed is a hands-on leader, often interacting with clients during the course of treatment, taking personal satisfaction in hearing about their progress. This helps clients to feel that they have a personal ally at the highest level of the organization. Ed cites the consistency and spiritual values of the company as its strengths, and he sees his contribution as rearticulating these fundamentals. Ed has a 30 year background as a successful business executive and he served in the military for 15 years. He enjoys cooking for crowds and loves to play golf.
DeAnna M. Jordan, M.F.T.t., CADC ll
DeAnna is the Clinical Director at New Method Wellness and takes great pride in providing an environment where lives can truly change. Supervising a caring, well-trained clinical staff, DeAnna’s team provides continuing support throughout a client’s stay. She believes “a comfortable, structured and supportive environment is an essential part of maintaining long term sobriety.” She is constantly thinking about ways to improve treatment and engage clients in the recovery process. DeAnna brings a breadth of personal recovery experience to her clinical leadership. She understands the day-to-day challenges that new clients face in early recovery. She 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. DeAnna is an MFTt. She is receiving her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a PhD candidate, studying Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Susie Hopson-Blum, C.A.D.C.A.
Director of Admissions, Owner/Founder
Susie is an Owner/Founder as well as the Director of Admissions at New Method Wellness. Susie’s experience managing and directing a behavioral health treatment facility began in 2006 and her 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 an Owner as well as the Chief Financial Officer at New Method Wellness. He oversees the organization’s payor relations, support services, information technology, legal, standards and compliance, and health information management areas. Having owned several businesses in the past including a daycare center, Bing is well suited to serve as our financial strategist. He is utilizing his financial management and strategic planning experience to help New Method Wellness continue to grow and provide cost effective services to clients and their families. 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.
Kevin Robertson, MBA
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.
Dr. Nishant Kumar, D.O.
Consulting Psychiatrist, Board Certified General/Addiction Psychiatry, Board Certified Addiction Medicine
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
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
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.
Louis Heit, MFT, LCSW
Louis Heit is our Clinical Consultant, providing supervision and clinical oversight to our counselor and therapist team. He is licensed in California as both a Clinical Social Worker and as a Marriage and Family Therapist, has Professional Certificate training in Business Management from the University of California, and has over thirty years of experience in providing direct care, training, supervision, program development and management, with specialties in trauma recovery, substance abuse treatment, mood disorders, and pain management. In addition to running a private practice and his work at New Method Wellness, Louis is a clinical preceptor for the US Navy, Camp Pendleton Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program, and is on the faculty at the University of Southern California, School of Social Work. He also consults for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Joey Hunter, CATC
Assistant Clinical Director
Joey is our Assistant Clinical Director at New Method Wellness. His focus on self-efficacy coupled with his pragmatic approach to the obstacles our clients face while in treatment helps them to find the best path possible to navigate early recovery successfully. Joey is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) and has been working with people who have addiction problems since 2008, and as Certified Counselor since 2010. Coming from a family where addiction is pervasive, Joey takes a personal approach with our clients in their recovery journey. When not working, Joey spends much of his time hiking and camping in the outdoors.
Dr. Ruta Sternbergs, ED.D., Psy.D., CADC
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Ruta is a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at New Method Wellness. She started her career as a R.N., which lead to her interest in the psychological needs of individuals. 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, she has been an active member of the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Orange County. She has discovered that her true calling is in the field of addiction recovery. “I cannot 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 recovery journey. Ruta enjoys her family, friends and all creatures, big or small.
Juanita Wells, CADC1
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Juanita is a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at New Method Wellness. She has a profound understanding of the recovery process and her diverse background and thoughtful insight provides a comforting voice of reassurance to our clients. She demonstrates the compassion to gently guide the client as well as the entire family down the path of recovery. She believes pro-active measures are necessary when an individual is suffering from the disease of addiction. Always willing to go the extra distance, she ensures our clients receive the highest quality of care possible. She thoroughly enjoys working with the clients and feels rewarded by having the opportunity to see them make major changes over the course of treatment.
Linda Snell, CATCi
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, CATC
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
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. Since 2010, Karin has been working in recovery and feels extremely blessed that she has turned her past struggles into productive tools for helping others. She is passionate about advocating for addiction treatment and recovery and is dedicating her career to paying forward the gift of sobriety. At New Method Wellness, she has found professional and personal fulfillment, a sense of family, and a sincere appreciation for the genuine commitment the ownership has to its employees and clients.
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 if you practice ethical utilities such as honesty, authenticity, transparency, integrity, a commitment to self-respect as well as 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.
Anna Lasher, BA
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.
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. 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 also helps at the treatment center with various activities whenever needed. Enza is passionate about providing each client with positive emotional support as they begin their recovery journey.
Stacey Chumley, BA
Women’s House Manager
Stacey 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 also helps at the treatment center with various activities whenever needed. Her personal recovery journey began in 2003 and she is active in the 12-Step program. She is dedicated to the program and is passionate about helping others through the process of recovery. She 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.
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.
Women’s House Manager
Alicia 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 also helps at the treatment center with various activities whenever needed. Alicia began her personal journey in recovery in 2013. She is an active member of the recovery community and is grateful to be of service to NMW and the clients it serves.
Men’s House Manager
Doug 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 treatment center with various activities whenever needed. He is instrumental in providing accountability and support for the clients throughout their early recovery. He earned his B.S in Psychology at Virginia teach and is currently in school to get his CADC certification.
Men’s House Manager
Max 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 treatment center with various activities whenever needed. Max is grateful for his sobriety and is thoroughly enjoying the positive changes that his sponsor and the 12 steps have made in his life. He is active in the recovery community and is dedicated to working with men who are new to sobriety and showing them how to balance both recovery and life commitments.
Detoxification House Manager
Derek 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. He keeps clients in the house accountable and is available to assist them with finding employment. Derek is active in the local recovery community and has worked hard to rebuild his life. He knows what is expected and helps others to meet requirements and succeed in sobriety.
Detoxification House Manager
Austin is one of our Detoxification 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.
Detoxification House Manager
Meleny is one of our Detoxification 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.
Detoxification House Manager
Jenna 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. Jenna brings with her, like many others working at NMW, her own personal recovery and is extremely passionate about guiding others in their journey to obtain a happy, fulfilling, and productive life.
Kammy Ingram, BA
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.
Ginnie Thomas, CMT
Ginnie is our Massage Therapist at New Method Wellness. Passionate about sobriety, she has been a firsthand witness to the overwhelming effects of addiction not only on the mind and body, but the spirit. Ginnie is well aware of the therapeutic benefits of massage and healing touch. Clients appreciate how much massage can ease stress, decrease anxiety, relieve physical pains, and provide additional support to the process of recovery. Her massages ultimately help clients reconnect with themselves. “It is a blessing for me to have a skill that helps people feel better, a bright spot in their day.” She has been practicing massage therapy since 1998 and has been with New Method Wellness since 2010.
Desirée is our Yoga Instructor at New Method Wellness. Her passion for health and spirituality lead her down the yogic path. She has spent the past 7 years mastering her craft as a yoga practitioner. Desirée’s intention is to become a catalyst for transformation and growth, and to help clients find their individual paths towards a healthy mind, body and spirit. Her focus during class is on learning to control the breath and on simple meditation techniques. Gentle movements will take away stiffness, allowing energy to flow more freely, develop strength and flexibility, calm the body and mind, and have clients feeling more comfortable and relaxed in their body. Her practices assist the client with anxiety, depression, racing thoughts, cravings, feelings of not being connected and much more. Desirée is a certified Yoga Instructor and Master Reiki Healer.
Edmund Erickson, M.A.O.M., L.Ac.
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, MFT-I
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, M.A.Psy.
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, MA, LMFT
April is our Equine Therapist at New Method Wellness. She is the director and co-founder of the Equine Therapy organization, Brave Grace. April specializes in bringing the horse into the healing process and enjoys sharing this powerful therapeutic approach with our clients on a weekly basis. Equine therapy is not about riding horses. It is a form of therapy in which the individual works with horses as a means of rebuilding responsibility and growing as a person. The combination of horse-related duties and the soothing nature of the animals themselves help the individual develop their mind and spirit after they have both been damaged by addiction. The activities promote beneficial therapeutic healing and growth by teaching the individual how to deal and learn about their own emotions. It helps individuals increase awareness as to how their emotions affect others and their daily lives. Holistic or “wholistic” healing addresses all parts of the individual, not just the physical aspect of a person where manifested illnesses are most apparent. April has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is certified in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.
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, B.S., CATC1
Drug and Alcohol Counselor
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, B.A., M.S.W.t
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.