Insight Treatment is Now Clear Behavioral Health!

Our Team of Experts

Meet our dedicated staff members

Our expert team of doctors, clinicians, counselors, and group facilitators work collaboratively to help you achieve your most ambitious and life changing mental health and substance use goals.

Clinical Team

Our clinicians, nurse practitioners, and therapists are expertly trained to ensure that your mental health or substance use treatment is tailored to your individual needs.

Dr. Martha Koo, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D., is the Medical Director and Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Koo completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her medical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she earned membership to the AOA and Sigma Xi Society for academic excellence. Dr. Koo obtained her psychiatry residency training at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA and her subsequent psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

She is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. For over twenty years Dr. Koo has enjoyed her private practice, providing outpatient psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and pharmacological treatment for individuals, couples and families. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the New Center for Psychoanalysis, the Clinical TMS Society, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, the California Psychiatric Society and the Southern California Psychiatric Society.

Dr. Jason Giles, M.D., Board Certified Addictionologist

Attending Physician

Dr. Giles is committed to elevating the standard of care in addiction medicine. Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Giles completed his undergraduate degree in molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley and earned his medical degree from the University of California at Davis. He completed a general surgery internship, an anesthesiology residency with an emphasis in cardiac surgery, and an additional year of pain medicine fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Inspired by his own experiences in recovery, Dr. Giles shifted his focus to addiction medicine. For the past twenty years he has made it his career. He deepened his understanding in the field by earning board certifications from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). His innovative, research-backed and time-tested methods challenge old dogmas to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes.
Author of the bestselling and well-reviewed Outsmart Your Addiction, and a frequent guest on television, radio, and podcasts, Dr. Giles is passionate about helping patients recover their health, restore their relationships, and find new hope living in sobriety.

Dr. Haiyan Wang, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Wang completed the first three years of her adult psychiatry residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington D.C. She completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York University. NYU is one of the nation’s leading institutes in children’s mental health. She has also received psychoanalytical training from Washington Baltimore Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Wang also holds a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in Physiology and Neurobiology. Prior to her residency and fellowship, she invested years in psychiatric and neuroscience research and published journal articles.

Dr. Haiyan Wang is particularly passionate about diagnosing and practicing evidence-based treatments in children, adolescents and young adults who have anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, mood disorder, PTSD, ADHD, disruptive behavior, and psychosis as well as providing parenting and behavioral strategies.

She has extensive experiences working with OCD and anxiety patients and has been severed as an expert in such areas by providing care to patients throughout US due to their severe OCD and anxiety symptoms. She provides routine complex medication managements and provide guidance for behavioral intervention such as ERP and CBT.

Dr. Haiyan Wang has been actively involved in mentoring next generations of mental health providers and provide peer consults for OCD and anxiety treatment for children, adolescents and adults.
She has a thorough knowledge of the neuroscience related to psychiatric illnesses. She stays up to date with current research on those topics.

Brittany Skinner, PMHNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Brittany is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She was born and raised in a small town in Missouri before she came to California as a travel nurse. Brittany has an extensive critical care background as well as a background in psychiatry and addiction medicine, and she believes in staying up-to-date with all the newest technology and medications to find what truly works best for her patients. Having trained in large metropolitan areas as well as rural communities, it is her passion to provide affordable, quality mental health care to those in all areas. Brittany is active in the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and  American Nurses Association of California as well the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In her free time, Brittany can be found traveling, enjoying the outdoors or with her dog at the dog park.

Paula Martin, PMHNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Paula Martin is a compassionate Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience spanning diverse settings with a solid foundation in trauma-informed practices.

She initiated her professional journey in the field of Behavioral and Mental Health in an acute inpatient setting where she gained experience in caring for adult individuals suffering from psychiatric and substance use disorders. She furthered her expertise and practical skills and subsequently joined a team at a children’s hospital in an inpatient mental health unit specializing in delivering trauma-informed care to children and adolescents grappling with psychiatric disorders and/or adverse childhood experiences. In addition, she gained experience in a crisis stabilization unit working with adults and adolescents. The experience gained at these facilities served as her primary motivation to pursue graduate studies and become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to better care and advocate for those with mental health disorders. Afterwards, she then proceeded to work as a PMHNP with adults in detox, residential, PHP/IOP, and outpatient settings helping those with mental health and substance use disorders.

Paula believes that collaborative treatment with psychiatrists and other mental health care providers is critical to a holistic treatment strategy. She also believes that it is very vital to serve every client and their loved ones with the utmost respect and dignity.

Caitlin Artiaga, LMFT

Adult & Teen Outpatient Mental Health Clinical Director

Caitlin Artiaga (she/her) is an LMFT with a master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. She is currently working on her doctorate at Alliant, focusing her research on the experiences of the biracial community and their families. Her previous work involves working with marginalized communities, where her passion for social justice was ignited. Caitlin works from an intersectional and culturally sensitive lens that aims to empower the clients at Clear and provide space for healing. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys film photography, fashion, and traveling to new places.

China Brezner, LMFT

Detox/Residential and Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Clinical Director

China earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and has extensive experience working with teens, adults, couples and families. She began her career helping juvenile inmates and has worked with clients challenged by PTSD, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, disordered eating, sexual orientation, and gender identification.

Spending over 13 years in the addiction field, she has immense experience with the 12-step recovery model. She has been a clinical director for multiple treatment centers, at the detox, residential, and PHP/IOP level of care. It is her belief that through the identification and retelling of individual stories, problems can be transformed. When insight is gained through therapy, people can begin to change their thinking and behavior.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” Maya Angelou

Lily Shariat, LMFT

Mental Health Residential and Virtual IOP Clinical Director

Lily is a clinically trained and licensed marriage and family therapist, with 15+ years of  experience as a dedicated, & versatile senior executive. Leading large accounts & programs has provided her with the expertise to consult and advise on business and clinical matters.

With an excellent reputation & high customer satisfaction record, she has been fortunate to work with leaders in the mental healthcare industry. She is highly collaborative, creative, and organized. And able to anticipate, conceptualize & articulate end to end project challenges & opportunities, and lead initiatives to completion in a highly matrixed environment.

Christine Cailler, AMFT

Adult Mental Health Program Director – South Bay

Christine Cailler is a recent graduate of Antioch University’s masters program in clinical psychology. She completed her training with Antioch Community Therapy Services, where she provided individual, couples and group therapy. In addition to Clear Behavioral Health, Christine works in private practice under supervision by Darlene Basch, LCSW. Christine is a former actor so you may see her pop up in a commercial now and then. She lives in Palos Verdes where she enjoys chasing wild peacocks around the neighborhood.

Peter Ehrenfried, AMFT

Teen Mental Health Program Director – South Bay

I have a strong passion for recovery both in my own lives experience and experience as a clinician. It is truly a gift to help others down their path to wellness and I love building relationships with people that extend beyond groups and individual sessions. I am eager to continue learning more about being a supportive, caring figure for those in need.

Jamie Arthur, CATC, CADC-II

Detox & Residential Program Director

Jamie Arthur is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor with five years of experience in substance abuse treatment. Prior to her time at Clear, Jamie was a counselor and program coordinator at a structured sober living for women with children.

She has also worked at an IOP facility that serves adolescents and adults.

Driven by her personal experience of getting sober with four young children at home, Jamie has dedicated the last few years of her life to guiding women to live a healthy lifestyle free from alcohol and drugs. Her personal experience, her strong belief in the 12-step model of recovery and her passion for helping others reconnect with their families make her an incredible asset to the Clear family.

Jason Bernstein, LMFT

Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Program Director

Jason is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Jason brings with him 5+ years of working in the substance use and mental health field and is passionate about supporting others that are seeking dual diagnosis treatment on their journey toward healing, growth, and achieving their goals.

Jason’s approach to treatment is integrative and multidimensional. He incorporates modalities such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), psychodynamic therapy, and narrative therapy into his work with clients. Jason believes that authenticity, empathy, and compassion are the foundations of healing, and he ensures they are always at the forefront of the services he provides.

When he is not serving his clients, Jason enjoys playing golf, hiking, watching sports, and spending time with family, friends, and his dog Kaia. Jason is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Alicia Molina, CADC-1

Young Adult Dual-Diagnosis Program Director

Alicia Molina was one of the original team members of Clear Behavioral Health. She is a certified counselor that is passionate about recovery. She is currently the program director for the young adult dual-diagnosis track. Alicia has worked with teens, men, women and mental health clients and found that the Clear model of recovery works for everyone who is interested in living a healthy lifestyle. She takes a real interest in learning about a clients background, building rapport, assessing their immediate needs, building a relationship with them and their family, all while meeting the client where they are at. She believes that identifying the problem and living in the solution is key.

Keefer Wurmstich

Mental Health Virtual IOP Program Director

Keefer is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor who brings 5+ years of experience in substance use and mental health treatment. Keefer is passionate about helping others that struggle with mental health and substance use to achieve sustained recovery and emotional stability.

Keefer’s personal experience, and his belief in the 12-step model of recovery, serve as the foundation of his framework in guiding others on a spiritual journey to health, wellness, and continuous sobriety. Stepping into a director role, Keefer has found that he is just as passionate about the operations side of treatment, as he has been in counseling.

When he is not serving his clients, Keefer enjoys working with others in a 12-step program, surfing, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends.

Caitrin Bogart, AMFT

Mental Health Residential Program Director

Diane Bagatourian, LMFT


Diane received her Master of Science Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from California State University, Dominquez Hills.

She is a member of the California Association of Marital and Family Therapists. Diane has over 14 years of experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, families, couples and children in the South Bay.

Diane is passionate about her work and feels proud to work for an outpatient facility that is dedicated to recovery, integrity and family. In her spare time, Diane enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending theater and music events and broadening her cultural experience.

Kelsey Bettis Trujillo, LCSW


As a Clinical Social Worker, the philosophy that Kelsey chooses to operate from is one of hope, optimism, and positivity. Throughout her entire practice, she believes that it is her duty to help others by helping them reframe their negative thoughts into more positive ones, help them achieve more productive and positive behaviors, and continually maintain an aspect of hope that they can get better and thrive in their lives.

Samantha Polansky, AMFT


Sam Polansky is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist currently practicing in Los Angeles, CA. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and trained at Beit T’Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment center, working with individuals, couples & families. Prior to this, Sam took part in a Post-Baccalaureate Program for Patient Advocacy through UCLA – Extension and received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for Counseling and Psychology Professions from the University of California, Berkeley Extension. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in Communications.
Diagnosed with a chronic illness in her late 20s, Sam learned first-hand how the healing of her mind would be at the very center of healing her body. Finding the path back to “herself” through her own therapy, inspired her to help others do the same.
Sam is trauma trained and works from a collaborative and multidisciplinary lens. Some of her modalities include: Client-centered talk therapy, Trauma work, Mindfulness techniques and practices, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Internal Family Systems work. Sam is also currently pursuing her EMDR Therapy certification.

Allysha Arora, AMFT


Allysha Arora is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with an additional background in education. She utilizes her diverse teaching and child development experience in conjunction with her clinician skills to treat individuals from a holistic approach that embodies all parts of a person: mind, body, culture, and upbringing. Allysha has worked and trained in various settings of which she has buffered her style to incorporate techniques individualized for each client which often include CBT, Gestalt, and attachment theory.
Allysha works from a place of collaboration and authenticity in order to build trust and rapport with each client. Her clinical focus involves anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, self esteem, and relational issues. In her spare time, Allysha enjoys live music, traveling, and dodger games.

Penn Shelton, ACSW, CADC-II


Penn Shelton is an Associate Clinical Social Worker and a CADC-II Certified Addictions Counselor with over 10 years of experience in the treatment field. Penn’s experience is varied –  he has worked as clinical support staff, operations manager, clinical case manager, and as a therapist, as well as having his own personal experiences in treatment and in addiction recovery. This gives him a broad perspective of client experience and the elements of professional and therapeutic support. Penn has worked at several agencies including non-profit and community support sector as well as luxury individualized concierge care, with experience at all levels of care.

Penn believes in a holistic approach to treating addictions, trauma, and mental health disorders. His theoretical framework integrates cognitive-behavioral, relational humanistic, existential, and narrative frames, and the development of Mindfulness based coping skills. He utilizes a comprehensive mind-body-spirit perspective with an emphasis on evidence-based practices.

Penn completed his BA in Psychology at California State University Northridge in 2015 and his Master’s in Social Work at Widener University in 2021.

Kelli Rea, AMFT


Kelli Rea is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist and Primary Mental Health Residential Program Director. She earned her Masters of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in 2022. Kelli previously worked as a volunteer and then a Counselor in the Primary Mental Health PHP/IOP for over two years. Her experience includes working with teens, adults, and individuals with primary mental health and substance use disorders. She is currently working towards full licensure.

With a personal journey of mental wellness, Kelli is passionate and driven to pass on what she has learned to those that are struggling. She is a human being human amongst other humans – making mistakes, failing forward, and learning to love herself in the process.

Kelli enjoys staying involved in her children’s school and extracurricular activities. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and children, attending concerts and music festivals, and gardening in her backyard.

Rodman Walsh, LMFT

Group Facilitator

Rodman holds a masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.  He previously worked at the Antioch University Counseling Center for Mental Health.  He is passionate about treating those seeking dual diagnosis care to best support clients grow and work through their mental health considerations while achieving their sobriety goals. His training and education includes psychodynamic theory, trauma, and spiritual and depth psychology. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA.

Cody Gauthier, LCSW

Group Facilitator

As a proud Clinical Social Worker/Therapist (LCSW), I am working towards specialization in Eating Disorders, as well as currently specializing in Child and Adolescent Trauma and substance abuse issues. My hope is to assist you with transforming old habits and voices that stem from trauma and hurt (substance abuse, disordered eating, self harm, externalized anger).  My approach is in the “here and now” processing, as well as through the attachment lens. This means that I am always looking for how parts of self come into the therapy space. I am never afraid to share my own experience with you when relevant. I am trained in EMDR trauma processing, as well as gestalt therapy and use somatic techniques (brain/body) work.

Ron White, RADT

Group Facilitator

Ronald White  has been working in recovery since 1986 and has created his own workshop that he’s been running since 1986, called the “Never Too Early Big Book Workshop”. He has been a circuit speaker spreading his experience strength and hope and helping people in recovery has been Ron’s passion for many years. Ron also runs a support group for individuals who have been deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Alexander McBean, MA


Alexander has two valid teaching credentials in the state of California, his B.S in Communications from Butler University and has his M.A in special education K-12 from Cal State Dominguez Hills. He has experience with the youth due to his 25 years of teaching in Torrance USD, working with middle school, high school, and alternative school students. He enjoys helping students stay organized to achieve their potential in school while focusing on desired post-secondary objectives. When he’s not helping his students he’s enjoying family time at home and he can ride a unicycle and juggle.

Jamie Horgan, RADT

Yoga Instructor

Jamie is Clear Behavioral Health’s in-house Yoga + Mindfulness teacher. Jamie started practicing Yoga just out of high school to help relieve anxiety and has been in love with Yoga ever since.

Yoga has been an instrumental part of Jamie’s own recovery and she is passionate about sharing the benefits of this ancient practice. She truly believes that if you bring about mindful attention to your Yoga practice, you can fully receive all of its benefits.

Jamie has been teaching since 2006, and has since accumulated thousands of hours of certifications in different areas of Yoga including: Vinyasa, Hatha, Iyengar, Yoga Therapy, Yoga for athletes, pre + post natal, Yoga for the spine, Yoga biomechanics, Yoga for injuries, meditation, Yin, restorative, Yoga for trauma + recovery, and many other mindfulness courses. Jamie has also led many Yoga teacher trainings that certify people to teach Yoga, has traveled internationally teaching Yoga, held international Yoga retreats and Yoga workshops.

In Jamie’s free time, she is very active in the animal rescue industry. She fosters kittens, cats, puppies and dogs year round. Jamie is a devout vegan, and very passionate about exercise, mindfulness, and nutrition as all being a part of ones’ overall health; not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.

Our Teen Division Team

Our teen division specializes in clinical, medical and experiential therapies—including art, music, mindfulness and writing—to help teens develop healthy coping mechanisms and navigate the unique challenges of being raised today.

Karissa Provost, LMFT

Clinical Director Teen Division

Karissa Provost is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a grief specialist. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults of all ages in various settings including residential programs for transitional age youth, families impacted by domestic violence, and families at-risk of homelessness. She has had the opportunity to work on high school campus drop-in centers providing mental health care, support, and crisis management. She has worked extensively with at-risk and grieving adolescents and their families throughout Los Angeles in the course of her career.

She has trained and supervised hundreds of pre-licensed therapists as well as grief specialist volunteers who have provided therapy or support services to children, adolescents and their families in community-based organizations, and schools. She has presented at several professional local and national conferences and is a guest lecturer at Antioch University.

Additionally, Karissa has provided grief trainings and workshops to USC medical students, school personnel, parents of grieving children, and has provided on-site grief responses at schools, businesses and religious institutions in the direct aftermath of a death. As a professional speaker, educator, consultant, advocate and clinician, Karissa has dedicated her career to serving individuals and families by providing quality care from a family systems and wholistic approach so individuals and their families can lead healthy, productive, and meaningful lives.

In her spare time, Karissa enjoys being with family and friends, reading, dancing, singing in her car, and being near the ocean.

Curtis Thompson, AMFT

Program Director, El Segundo

Curtis is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, who specializes in developmental and complex trauma. He utilizes trauma-focused treatments such as somatic therapy and EMDR to help his clients heal. Curtis is a Los Angeles native, and in his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, reading and writing, and watching movies.

Andi Cabello, AMFT

Program Director, Pasadena

Andi Cabello is an associate marriage and family therapist and program director at Clear’s Pasadena location. She is a creative, trauma-informed therapist who has worked with adults, adolescents and families in community settings, schools, private practice, and intensive outpatient programs. She attended University of London, Birkbeck College, and has a joint Master’s in Psychology specializing in marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling.

She is focused on collaborating with clients to release the emotional impact of the past and embrace authentic self-expression. Her work is informed by psychodynamic theory and EMDR.  In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading and caring for her tiny garden.

Celina Serna, ACSW

Program Director, Van Nuys

Celina is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. Celina graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from CSU, Sacramento and with a Masters in Social Work from CSU, Stanislaus.

Celina has experience working at group homes, school settings, a state correctional facility and an intensive outpatient program for teens and families. She has the experience facilitating groups, individual sessions and family sessions.

Her career path and experiences has allowed her to learn skills such as CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, psychoeducational groups, process groups, and skills groups.

Terrill Richard, LMFT

Primary Therapist, Pasadena

Terrill believes there is a sprinkle of magic in all of us. With the complexities of life, that magic is lost, covered in residue of the past that can sometimes result in our vision becoming pixilated with hopelessness. Hopelessness of our present and fear of our future.

Terrill obtained their Masters in Marriage and Family therapy at Pacific Oaks College. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Terrill has years of experience with LGBTQIA + “Exploring” populations. Utilizing a client-centered/psychodynamic approach, they have been able to prompt and promote healing in an array of mental and emotion experiences. Terrill’s goal is to awaken a magic that is inside us all. A magic that’s unrealized and lost due to life’s concoction of beauty, traumas, regrets, and hopes.

Terrill believes therapy removes the veil that blocks one’s ability to live fruitfully, beautifully authentic, and in acceptance.

Rather it’s exploring sexual orientation, navigating freely along the spectrum of gender, navigating family conflict, treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse, healing complex traumas, loneliness, or simply feeling misunderstood. The journey is worth it.

Terrill strives to create a therapeutic space that’s safe, sacred, and secure. Terrill is a consultant who offers trainings for professionals, academia institutions and businesses regarding safety, alliance, and inclusivity, pertaining to LGBTQIA+ “Exploring” populations

Let’s unleash our magic.

Nessa Esperaza, AMFT

Primary Therapist, El Monte

Nessa Lee Esparza is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, and has a passion for working for teens and young adults. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UC Santa Cruz, followed by a master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling at Cal State Fresno. Her experiences include providing therapeutic services with teens, young adults, and families in outpatient settings. Nessa Esparza believes in eclectic therapy, which is an approach that draws on multiple theoretical orientations and techniques that is flexible and multifaced to address each patient’s needs. She also values and utilizes humanistic and person centered practices in order to support and guide patient’s through processing and managing their mental health challenges.

Abigail Bonar, AMFT

Primary Therapist, Van Nuys

Abigail is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who enjoys working with teens and their families.

Prior to entering the counseling profession, Abigail taught and directed at a private preschool for ten years. In this role, Abigail supported dozens of children and families facing a complexity of challenges. Abigail additionally worked with teens in private practice for two years before joining Clear. There she gained experience in a variety of clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, stress management, anger, self-esteem, and relationship dynamics.

Using a holistic approach, Abigail helps her clients regulate emotions, navigate the stressors of life, cultivate healthier relationships, and live more authentically.

Abigail enjoys partnering with a diverse group of clients from all walks of life, and she meets each client right where they are. In the counseling room, Abigail creates a genuine and compassionate space for her clients to unpack their burdens and embark on a transformational journey.

Angela Meadows, ACSW

Primary Therapist, El Segundo

Angela ‘Angie’ is an associate clinical social worker with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver. In 2017, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has been working with teens and families ever since. Most of her work experience has been in residential treatment centers for teens with child welfare involvement and complex trauma. Angie likes to use a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and individualized approach with each client. In her free time, she enjoys getting vitamin Sea through beach volleyball and surfing with friends and family.

Melanie Rivas, AMFT

Primary Therapist, Santa Clarita

Yaritza Herrera-Renteria, ACSW

Primary Therapist, Santa Clarita

Yaritza Herrera-Renteria is an Associate Clinical Social Worker, with a passion for working with children, youth, and families. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the California State University of Northridge followed by a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Her experience includes providing therapeutic services in outpatient and school settings, addressing a range of emotional and behavioral disorders. She has a passion for working with teens and adults to help them cope and get through difficult challenges. On her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three dogs, husband, family, and friends. She also enjoys reading, playing board games, building Legos and painting.

Alexander Petricevic, RADT

Counselor, Pasadena

My name is Alex, I am a certified Counselor in Pasadena. My passion is working with adolescents who struggle with the same issues I struggled with when I was young. I can relate to the kids, and I am extremely capable in supporting their struggles. My goal in life is serving others to the best of my ability.

Administrative Team

The members of our administrative team are deeply passionate about mental health and substance use treatment and have dedicated their careers to helping individuals and families regain a sense of stability, purpose, and healing.

Michael Joly

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Joly is the CEO of Clear Behavioral Health, with over 25 years of experience in addiction and mental health recovery. Mike has devoted his entire career to helping individuals and their families heal and recover from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

His passion for recovery is unparalleled. He has built a wealth of knowledge and experience that translates across many disciplines.

Mike spends his days educating and helping others create systems and programs within Clear Behavioral Health and outside in order to deliver more effective, efficient, and compassionate substance abuse and mental health treatment. He is a Redondo Beach resident, his children attend Tulita Elementary in Redondo Beach, and he is actively involved with the Education Fund, giving back to the community that he is a part of.

Chris Mijares

Chief Financial Officer

Lindsey Rae Ackerman, LMFT, CHHC

VP of Clinical Services

Lindsey Rae is a Certified Health and Life Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, she has also completed a specialized study in Addiction and Eating Disorders at The Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.

An ever-evolving student and teacher who’s compassionately driven journey to healing her own trauma led to a dynamic career in the pursuit of helping others. Combining years of interpersonal-organizational management and creative visual merchandising experience with personal therapeutic endeavors, spiritual studies, and professional training in a number of healing modalities, Lindsey Rae creates a unique environment for her client’s transformational healing.

She is committed to gently challenging individuals to drop beneath the surface level chaos of the self-help and wellness world to focus on the real (inner) work. Guiding them along the path and encouraging them to cultivate more depth and beauty in their life while reminding them of their collective responsibility and connection to one another.

Shane Herbert

Executive Director of Operations

Shane is an accomplished healthcare executive with over two decades of experience in leadership roles spanning start-up ventures to Fortune 10 healthcare giants.

Their career reflects a deep commitment to integrating extensive industry knowledge with a comprehensive approach, emphasizing people-centric leadership strategies, optimized processes, and sustainable profitability.

Before joining Clear, Shane served in leadership roles at Carbon Health, Omnicare, and CVS Health.

Their key competencies include driving market growth initiatives, crafting effective branding strategies, maintaining compliance standards, and fostering organizational agility.

Shane’s passions outside of work are traveling, board games with family and friends and raising a precocious 2-year-old.

They also have a passion for community service, serving on the board of several volunteer organizations including the Phoenix Zoo, the California Pharmacist Association, and the Southern California chapter of the Urgent Care Association.

Sara Ghassemy, M.A., LAADC, ICAADC

Director of Operations

Sara has over 10 years of experience working with individuals struggling with substance use and mental health disorders. Sara is a graduate from Pepperdine University with her Masters in Clinical Psychology and Licensed as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. 

Sara has extensive work experience in all levels of behavioral healthcare including psychiatric hospitals, inpatient residential, and outpatient treatment programs for adults and teens. Her clinical knowledge and work experience has allowed her to be key in building in provider relations and navigating clients into clinically appropriate treatment.

Sara is from the South Bay and she’s extremely passionate about helping the people in the community she was born and raised in. In her time-off, Sara enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, surfing, rock-climbing, running, and hanging out with friends and family.

Howard Barker, B.S.

Director of Business Development

Howard Barker works to engage, educate, and support the South Bay community for Clear Behavioral Health. He is focused on spreading education and awareness on issues surrounding mental health and substance abuse as well as helping families navigate the difficult waters of getting a loved one help. Howard has spent the past 7 years working with young adults and their families, being a support during times of crisis.


Rob Juhasz

Director of Admissions

Rob serves as the Director of Admissions for Clear Behavioral Health. His personal experience in the field of mental health and recovery is what drives his passion towards helping others succeed in their own recovery process. Rob has worked in the mental health and recovery field for over 4 years where he gained the knowledge and experience to be effective in connecting with others in the field. In his free time he enjoys golfing and hanging out with his dog noodle!

Pamela Corey

Community Relations Manager

Pamela Corey earned her degree in Communications from USC, after which she took four years to travel and work around the world with a total of over 40 countries visited to date.  She has a rich and diverse background in business spanning from domestic and international marketing at 20th Century Fox to owning her own photography business for 14 years.

Pamela is new to the clinical world, and finds great satisfaction working with the Southbay community.  She brings to the position her passion, attention to detail, and belief in providing outstanding service no matter what the circumstances are. She thrives on helping people on their journey in life, and has referred to herself as a “serendipity facilitator” for many years.

In her spare time Pamela volunteers with multiple animal rescue organizations, goes to see live music in intimate venues, and continues to love adding stamps to her passport.

Kelli Easley

Community Relations Manager

Kelli Easley comes to Clear Behavioral Health bringing with her over twenty-one years of experience in the field of addiction and mental health. Her unwavering passion to help others stems from her commitment to give back after overcoming her own 17-year addiction.

Kelli had the good fortune of training under a well-respected interventionist and pillars in the industry, which has only strengthened her expertise in working with both individuals and families. Kelli holds a certificate in Family Development and is currently working towards a degree in Business Administration. Kelli has an amazing relationship with her husband of seventeen years and a loving mother to her two sons. In her free time, Kelli is active in the recovery community and enjoys time at the beach and hiking the hills of Southern California.

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny” – C.S. Lewis

Kirsten Uppercue

Payor Relations Manager

Kirsten has worked in the field of mental health and recovery for the past 6 years. She found her passion in the field by watching those closest to her struggle as well as her own recovery.

Kirsten is dedicated to sharing her love of spirituality with others, and she hopes to help them find their own path. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys yoga, surfing, meditation, and anything outside in the sun.

Together, the Clear family is dedicated to providing comprehensive and evidence-based treatment to help you live a happy, more purposeful life.

What people are saying.

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    I can’t say enough good things about Clear Behavioral Health. The care that I received was exceptional. The staff are very professional and committed to providing outstanding treatment. They go out of their way to cultivate an atmosphere of compassion, awareness, and recovery.

    Ian D.
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    The multi-pronged approach; the counselors, individual therapy, nutrition, sympathetic/empathetic counselors of each group session shifted my brain paths. You are never finished there, even when you “graduate”, they hold alumni group sessions when you feel you need it. I have nothing but gratitude for their program.

    Marci B.
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    Clear Behavioral Health is my second family that I never knew I had that supported me and continues to passionately support the sober community. The therapists, counselors and group facilitators have been amazing in helping me have a voice, loving myself again, and seeing the world in a new light. I am eternally grateful.

    Liz R.
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    From the get go, the staff made me feel welcome and were all very friendly. My therapist and case manager were also very helpful and supportive throughout the whole process. I found that the somatic therapy was the most valuable for me, the therapist who ran those groups was great. My biggest takeaway from treatment was to take the time to pause, not be afraid to ask for help, and not worry about things in the moment. If you are looking for meaningful change and being part of a new and supportive community, then Clear Behavioral Health is the right fit.

    Lina A. 19 | Dual-Diagnosis
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    Overall I loved the experience and did not want to leave. The staff was very helpful and motivated me to stay even when I felt like running away. I also built meaningful connections with my therapist and case manager who gave me a lot of useful advice and are still supporting me today. Since leaving, my family and sponsor have noticed a big difference, and I could not recommend a more supportive environment for addiction and mental health treatment, Clear saved my life.

    Emily B. 27 | Detox
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