Connections in Recovery

MEET THE TEAM

Patty Baret

Co-Founder of CiR: Patty Baret

Patty Baret, CAI, is a certified ARISE interventionist who has helped hundreds of chemically dependent individuals enter recovery. An advocate for recovering women, and with over three decades of personal recovery herself, Patty has facilitated groups on self-empowerment, relapse prevention and a wide breadth of gender-specific issues. Patty’s expertise in substance use disorders, process addictions, psychiatric decompensation and emotional dysregulation has led to her recognition as an expert in recovery and aftercare support, as well as the highest respect from the international recovery community. Originally from Nice, France, Patty’s international experience (including her years living in Morocco) as well as professional visits to investigate rehabilitation resources worldwide, have provided her the rare ability to align with, and relate to, individuals from virtually any cultural, communal or familial experience.

Lauren Arborio

Co-Founder of CiR: Lauren Arborio

With over a decade of professional experience as a substance use disorder counselor with UCLA training, Lauren Arborio, CADAC II, has worked with, and received training from, leading specialists in addiction recovery, psychiatry, and pain management. Born and raised in New York City, Lauren is familiar with the temptations, fast life and lure of drugs of living in such an international city. A graduate of New York University, with a BA in International Relations, Lauren is passionate about helping others struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. Utilizing her vast depth of professional resources in behavioral and mental health, addiction medicine, treatment providers, holistic therapies, alternative healing modalities, and sober living communities, she ensures that each client and family with whom she works with receives a customized recovery plan designed to support optimal outcome success.

Roxan Malloy

Senior Case Manager: Roxan Malloy, MSW, BS, ACSW

With over 15 years of experience in the recovery field, Roxan has worked as a Recovery Companion, Case Manager, and Director of a transitional living facility. She also served as Director of Operations, Tech Manager, and Psych Tech for a premier dual diagnosis treatment center in Southern California. A skilled facilitator, Roxan has supervised workshops on chemical dependency, relapse prevention, crisis management, and neuroscience in recovery. She has received extensive training in both mental health disorders as well as psychopharmacology. Roxan earned her Masters in Social Work with a concentration on mental health at the University of Southern California (USC). While obtaining her degree, she enrolled in elective courses specifically connected to helping people who suffer with substance and mental health issues consisting of Substance Related and Behavioral Addictive Disorders, Brief Therapy and Crisis Intervention, and Domestic Violence. Roxan also holds a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology.

Dr Georgina Smith

Clinical Supervisor: Dr. Georgina Smith, PhD

Dr. Georgina Smith is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, EMDR clinician, addiction specialist, case management consultant, public speaker and educator.

Dr. Smith’s treatment specialties include addiction, trauma, relationship issues, borderline personality disorder, self-injury, impulse regulation issues, and eating disorders. Dr. Smith also has extensive experience treating depression, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, domestic violence-related trauma, grief and loss, codependency, and phase-of-life difficulties.

Bringing a warm, supportive and direct approach to her work, Dr. Smith treats individuals (adult, adolescent and child), couples, and their families. She is an EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) clinician trained through EMDR Consulting and utilizes this tool to treat trauma, reduce distress, and adapt negative core beliefs. Dr. Smith also utilizes an eclectic blend of relational, narrative, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, psychodynamic, systems and interpersonal neurobiology based therapeutic interventions to assist individuals in stabilizing distressing symptoms and building coping resources to self-regulate. She also works with individuals to address underlying issues contributing to current symptoms, while identifying and adapting negative core beliefs, life patterns and internalized stories from the past, which a focus on integration of core self, working to heal from traumas, and learning to assert and meet needs in healthy and empowered ways.

Lauren Casey

Director of Case Management Services: Lauren Casey, PhD

Dr. Lauren Casey has more than 20 years of experience working with diverse organizations at the regional, national and international level committed to the reduction of health inequalities in society. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her contribution to the betterment of health and well-being of individuals dealing with problematic substance use and mental health, including the Academic & Health Policy on Correctional Health, Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia, and Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training.

As a recognized expert on the North American sex industry, she has published numerous academic book chapters and scholarly articles on the subject. These include the Springer Publishing Company (New York); Routledge International (New York); University of Toronto Press; Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy; Qualitative Health Research; and Women’s Health and Urban Life. Dr. Casey is a regularly invited guest speaker at international academic conferences, forums and events, and has traveled the world pursuing her passion of photography and cultural diversity.

Collen McBride

Clinical Outreach, San Diego: Colleen McBride, MA, Marriage & Family Therapy

Colleen McBride has had diverse roles in the addiction treatment industry, such as recovery coach/companion, clinical case manager, business development, and therapist. She joined Connections in Recovery in 2017 initially as a recovery companion and has since expanded her roles to include clinical outreach — utilizing both her clinical background and extensive network of recovery professionals to expand CiR services in the San Diego County. Currently pursuing her MFT licensure, her personal recovery experience and overarching clinical perspective facilitates interactions between clients and their families with the valuable resources for sustainable recovery. Her underlying intention and motivations in her work are rooted in providing hope and strength to those afflicted with multiple diagnoses.

Colleen McBride’s experience in helping others also includes training and working at the San Diego Rescue Mission with the city’s displaced and underserved population, and Harmony Grove, a women’s residential eating disorder program. In addition, she volunteers at Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN), The Joyful Heart Foundation, and San Diego State University. She earned her master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy from Alliant International University (AIU) in San Diego, and holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from San Diego State University.

Josh Mirmelli

Case Management Advisor: Josh Mirmelli, PsyD

Josh Mirmelli, Psy.D, has been collaborating with the Connections in Recovery team for nearly five years. His background involves working in private practice, intensive outpatient, and residential settings, and he is currently in the midst of receiving supervision to complete his postdoctoral hours to obtain licensure in California. More recently, he has come on board to assist staff and clients in developing comprehensive case plans that encompass both short-term and long-term goals so that the connection between an individual’s aspirations and reality is all the more palpable.

Josh Mirmelli empowers clients to become involved in their own future planning and goal setting and helps to monitor progress toward goals along the way. Additionally, he assists in overseeing the work of CiR companions and provides adjunct support and consultation to the CiR team to enhance rapport and engagement. His empathic regard for each individual’s unique challenges and strengths fuels his commitment to supporting those who are healing.

Ryan Crowley

Case Manager: Ryan Crowley, MA, AMFT

Ryan Crowley is an independent scholar and Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, holding graduate degrees in both philosophy and counseling psychology. The marriage of these two fields informs his work as a clinician and lecturer. As someone who “grew up” in psychotherapy as an adolescent and young adult, Ryan has held a definitive interest in the fields of treatment and mental health throughout most of his life. This has entailed trying to learn from his own heartache and pain, wondering what responsibility he may or may not hold for those experiences, and living a particular life of self-examination. Special areas of his practice include psychological assessment and family therapy.

As a clinician, Ryan has been working in the field since 2010. Positions have included: recovery coach; interventionist; case manager; psychotherapist; psychometrist. He has worked in residential treatment, outpatient treatment, at-home care, student health, non-profit family service, and private practice. He currently also serves in the doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Publications include On the Beginning of Philosophy: Heidegger’s Conversation with Plato and Aristotle (2015) and Making Life Beautiful: The Power of Phantasia in and for Psychotherapy (2018). Ryan is co-author of a forthcoming trilogy of books; the first, Philosophic Psychology: Counseling for the Cultural Crisis, is due for publication in early 2020

Nathalie Baret

Director of Communications and Marketing: Nathalie Baret

Nathalie Baret is a marketing and PR leader with over 15 years of progressive experience in growing companies’ bottom line by developing effective marketing plans, earning positive media attention, and implementing consistent branding. Her vast background in journalism (both print and radio) helps deliver compelling messaging to enhance an organization’s position in a competitive market. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Business Affairs from Fort Lewis State College in Durango, CO, and holds a Marketing & Business Certificate from BI/Norwegian Business School of Marketing and Management, in Oslo, Norway, where she completed an intensive exchange program at one of the most stringent marketing education programs available world-wide. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Colorado Chapter and Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

MEET THE EAST COAST TEAM

Francesca Adair

Director of Services, East Coast: Francesca Adair, MA, MFT, LPCC

Francesca Adair has been working as a clinician and administrator in acute mental health and substance use disorder treatment since 2004.

A native New Yorker, Francesca Adair moved to Los Angeles in 1998 with plans to stay one year. Eighteen years later, after building a wonderful career launching and overseeing treatment centers for some of the most reputable programs in the business, she decided to return “home” to find new growth opportunities. Having worked alongside the founders of CIR as they launched their business and became one of the premier coaching companies in the country, she is very excited to partner with them on the east coast to provide clinical oversight and supervision.

Francesca Adair’s work leaves her continually awed by the courage and passion of recovering clients, their families and the providers who facilitate this amazing process.

MEET THE EUROPE TEAM

Dufflyn Lammers

Director of European Services: Dufflyn Lammers, CRS, CPC, RADT I

Dufflyn Lammers is a Certified Professional Coach with a passion for empowering individuals and families in recovery. She is a Certified Arise Interventionist and a Certified Recovery Specialist. Lammers specializes in codependency and sex and love addiction. In her sixteen years of personal recovery, she has been a regular contributor at TheFix.com, the world’s leading resource for addiction and recovery. She has published essays in the L.A Times, Adelaide, Santa Fe Writers Project, Iowa Woman, and more. She is now at work on a memoir. Lammers has worked with the Los Angeles Police Department and with at-risk youth in schools and community centers to facilitate recovery in traumatized and underserved populations. She presents workshops on resilience, identity and attachment at treatment centers and conferences internationally. Her workshops use improv games and creative writing to teach emotional intelligence, communication skills, and recovery skills through the power of play. Originally from Palo Alto, California, she now lives in Paris.

Advisory Board:

CiR is proud of its invaluable advisory board which includes expert addiction psychiatrists and psychologists. With over 20 years of experience in the field, our cadre of professionals possesses the knowledge, skills and compassion to help you navigate your options and give you the tools to make the best decisions in taking control of your life.

Timothy Fong

Timothy Fong, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Dr. Fong is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Fong completed his undergraduate and medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then came to UCLA and finished his residency in adult general psychiatry in 2002 and was the first accredited addiction psychiatry fellow at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (2002-2004).

Currently Dr. Fong serves as co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and course of problem and pathological gambling and to develop effective, evidence-based treatments. He is also the director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic, a teaching clinic that specializes in the treatment of all disorders of addiction. Finally, he is also the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, which provides high-level training in addiction psychiatry.

Jeffrey S. Ditzell

Jeffrey S. Ditzell, D.O., Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Dr. Jeffrey S. Ditzell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Ditzell enjoys practice as a General Adult Psychiatrist working in Private Practice in New York City. Dr. Ditzell’s depth and breadth of clinical experience is unique, having served as the Chief of an inpatient Dual Diagnosis Unit, as the lead attending in two Psychiatric ERs, and as the Lead Physician of an Assisted Community Treatment team. Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell is an Adult ADHD Psychiatrist in New York City.

Dr. Ditzell has been committed to the service of soldiers in the United States Army for over 16 years, having himself attained the rank of Major. During his deployment to Tikrit, Iraq, in 2005, Major Ditzell served as the division psychiatrist in that city and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, for his service with distinction. Dr. Ditzell has had the additional honor of serving as medical officer for a community-based warrior transition unit at Rock Island Arsenal, assisting soldiers and their families in making the oftentimes difficult transition from overseas deployment to home.

Dr. Ditzell has completed Fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Public Psychiatry, and received his medical degree from The Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr Don Grant

Don Grant, MA, MFA, CCDC, PhD

Dr. Don Grant is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, researcher, addiction specialist, and Chair of the new American Psychological Association (Division 46) “Device Management” Committee. He is also a certified chemical dependency counselor, nationally certified group facilitator, and clinician/educator trainer. Don received his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan, an MFA from the University of Southern California, and both his MA and Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Psychology (with an emphasis in media diagnosis comorbidity), from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. In addition to his work with substance use disorders and dual diagnosis comorbidity, Don is the founder/CEO of “(un)BOOT CAMP,” a treatment program for teens, young adults, and families struggling with technology, Smartphone, online gaming, cyberpornography, and/or other technologically mediated platform/device dependence, addiction, and negotiation.

Dr. Grant was recipient of the 2015 American Psychological Association Early Career Achievement Award. In 2012, he was awarded an international Best of Show prize in London for his addiction recovery research work. His recent keynote speaker and conference presentations included: The Young Adult Transitions Association Conference (U-C Boulder), The Admissions & Marketing Symposium (Los Angeles), The Pop Culture Association Conference (New Orleans), the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) Conference (L.A.), One Recovery Launch and Town Hall Symposium (Newport Beach), and The California Unified Collegiate Recovery Conference (UCSB). 2017 presentations will include: 1Recovery Technology & Device Management Town Hall II (Newport Beach), The Advance L.A. 2017 Conference (Los Angeles), and the 2017 American Psychological Convention (Washington D.C.). Don also designs, presents, and facilitates CEU training workshops for clinicians and educators nationwide on behalf of Vyne/Cross Country Education.

In 2015, Dr. Grant was invited to present his research at the 2015 APA Convention in Toronto. While there, his global study on technologically mediated vs. Face-to-Face sobriety recovery support was hand-selected by the convention committee. His current research explores how the use of technology and online media platform/devices affect/effect our biological, psychological, and sociological health and relationships.

Dr. Grant counsels individuals, couples, and families, and facilitates groups through both his private practice and two Los Angeles based dual diagnosis treatment programs. He provides professional consulting, branding, program curriculum design/auditing, and content copywriting services to the mental health and addiction recovery community, and offers free education and recovery support to local schools. From 2001 through 2014, Don worked in residential dual-diagnosis treatment, serving for the last three years as Executive Director of a program for women which he created. In 2002, he created and implemented the Literacy in Treatment program, which today still offers adult clients in recovery the opportunity to earn their high school diploma.

Jeremy Martinez

Jeremy Martinez, MD

Dr. Martinez has a diverse practice which focuses on the treatment of chemical and behavioral addictions. A coveted speaker, he has presented at many national and international conferences, addressing the issues of marijuana, mental health, and Cultural Psychiatry. Trained in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA, Dr. Martinez is respected as a leader of cutting-edge treatments in the field. His approach to therapy involves non-judgmental listening, framed with elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic therapy.

Dr. Martinez is a graduate of Harvard University and completed medical school at the UC, San Diego, School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Psychiatry and completed his residency through the UCLA San Fernando Valley Program, before pursuing additional clinical training in Addiction Psychiatry from the UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute.

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