Clinical

Deena Manion PsyD, LCSW

Executive Director / Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Deena Manion joined the Westwind team in 2019. She is a Doctor of Psychology and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1993. Dr. Deena is the Executive Director and Chief Clinical Officer for the Westwind clinical and administrative staff. She provides her clinical expertise and guidance for top-notch clinical programming, as well as to the staff and clients for the best treatment outcome. Dr. Deena has worked in the field of addiction and mental health since 1991. Prior to Westwind, she held the position as Chief Clinical Officer for a well-known recovery center in Los Angeles and she was the Clinical Director of a Malibu dual diagnosis treatment center from 2000 to 2018. She has worked as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, homeless clinics, and public and private schools in both California and New York. Dr. Deena has a private practice in Los Angeles and Agoura Hills, CA where she sees a variety of clients with mental health and addiction issues. Dr. Deena has a broad range of clinical skills and has a stellar reputation in the mental health and addiction field.

Dr. Deena has extensive experience in the entertainment field. She has appeared as an expert on Dr. Phil since 2003 as well as on his podcast Phil in the Blanks. She has also been an expert guest on Dr. Drew’s Life Changers, Face the Truth with Vivica Fox, Ricki Lake, as well as on Intervention on A&E. She has also appeared on various documentaries on Fox11 and local public and cable television shows. She has contributed to many publications as well as been on multiple podcasts educating the public about various addiction and mental health issues. Dr. Deena’s ultimate goal has always been to combine her clinical background with the entertainment industry to help people on a bigger scale. Dr. Deena is personable, direct, charismatic and overall has a unique approach to helping people. Westwind always strives to better our program, so we feel very fortunate to have Dr. Deena as a part of this process.

Alexandra DeCleene,  LMFT

Clinical Supervisor

Alexandra joined Westwind in 2022 after working with Dr. Deena Manion since 2004 at other centers. She has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has been a licensed therapist since 2014. She provides her clinical expertise to our clinicians as well as guidance and additional support to our clients. Alex has worked in the field of mental health and addiction since 2002. Her experience includes UCLA studies on the effects of drugs on the brain under Dr. London at the NPI UCLA campus. She worked in collaboration with Harvard, Yale and UCLA in the development, training and implementation of resiliency skills with NAVY Seabee’s and their families on two prominent California naval bases. Alex has extensive work in residential treatment centers starting from a technician developing as a lead therapist from 2004-2018. Before Westwind Alex held a clinical director position at an acute mental health residential treatment center. Her clinical expertise includes extensive trauma informed care with EMDR, attachment trauma along with multi modal theoretical applications.

Sean Feig, CADC II

Program Director

Sean joined the Westwind team in 2019 as a case manager and has been promoted to program director. Sean oversees the programming for clients and meets with clients to ensure they are getting what they need while in the program. Sean is a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Sean has been working in the field of addiction and mental health since 2015. Sean received his CADC through CCAPP with an advanced certification CADC II. He remains a formidable agent for transformation here at Westwind. Specializing in walking our clients through the transitional phases of their recovery, Sean’s ability to guide his wards is couched in a belief that every one of them steps into his office trailing wisps of glory. His penchant for preparing them for true independent living while helping them implement 12-step models to ensure long-term emotional and chemical sobriety is born from his own eclectic background. After getting sober, Sean chose to help others who were struggling with addiction. He began working as a technician at a dual diagnosis treatment center in Los Angeles, then quickly worked his way up to Case Manager. His past experiences having rendered him uniquely qualified to avail clients to resources they’d hereto for never considered. Life goals are the focus in every session Sean has with clients, mostly because he believes with every fiber of his being that everyone can build the life they want so long as they have someone who believes in them.

Randy Smith addiction treatment staff

Randy Smith, LMFT

Primary Therapist

Randy has been at Westwind in the role of primary therapist since 2019. He earned his master’s degree in Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. He received his training at a counseling center in North Hollywood for both individuals and families while working closely with at-risk youth at The Teen Suicide Hotline at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills. In addition to his thriving private practice, Randy has also served as primary therapist for several dual diagnosis treatment centers in Los Angeles prior to joining the Westwind Team. Prior to his work in the recovery field, Randy Smith worked in the Entertainment Industry as a marketing executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment and, later, a Vice President of Marketing at MGM, which makes Randy uniquely qualified to help professionals, who are newly recovering to be better prepared to handle the stressors and challenges they face on a daily basis while reintegrating back into the corporate environment. Randy Smith’s therapeutic specialties include addiction and recovery as well as working with couples. His work with the LGBTQ Community is bolstered by his robust Gay Men’s Therapy Group which he facilitates in his private practice. Randy is originally from Texas where he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Maia Fohrman

Maia Fohrman, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Maia has been with Westwind since 2021. She is is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Westwind’s Night Track Clinician. She received her Master’s of Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2016. Maia initially pursued her passion for film and film criticism before finding her way to social work, becoming one of four other social workers in her family going back three generations.
Maia has worked with a variety of populations and settings throughout her career; a rural, Housing First program for those facing chronic homelessness in the state of Vermont; a residential facility for youth with developmental disabilities on Chicago’s southside; and a community center for young adults experiencing the onset of mental illness in the affluent North Shore of Chicago, to name a few. Maia’s interest in the field of addiction recovery began when she got clean over a decade ago. Looking for community with other young and recovering people, Maia became a founding member of The University of Vermont’s Collegiate Recovery Program in 2010. In doing so, Maia experienced the profound power of community and belonging, and with that inspiration began a career in the field of mental health. Maia became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in July 2022, after gaining broad experience with many populations and positions within the field of addiction and mental health treatment in Chicago and Los Angeles. Maia approaches her clients with the goal of empowerment through emotional insight and psychoeducation based on relevant evidence-based interventions. Despite her love of reading and sharing all things informational (and rather dry to most), Maia thrives in finding ways to creatively apply information in support her client’s individual and communal strengths.

Shreya Ramanujan

Shreya Ramanujan, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Shreya Ramanujan joined the Westwind team in 2021. She received her master’s in Social Work from The University of Chicago with an emphasis on trauma-informed, anti-oppressive practices. Additionally, Shreya is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through California’s EMDR Institute. Shreya has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Theory, Relational Theory, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Family Systems Theory. Shreya has extensive experience working in settings such as schools, community counseling centers, and treatment centers ranging from residential to outpatient levels of care. Her clinical lens is founded on the belief that clients are the true experts of their own life experiences, and the therapeutic relationship is a means towards exploration, empowerment, and actualization. Shreya is passionate about advocating for her clients and supporting each individual’s wants, needs, and goals through a non-judgmental humanistic lens.

Rebecca Bernstein

Rebecca Bernstein, ACSW

Primary Therapist

Rebecca has been with the Westwind team since 2021. She earned her graduate degree from the University of Denver’s CSWE accredited Master’s of Social Work program with a focus on mental health, trauma-informed practices and systemic approaches. Rebecca’s areas of expertise lie in trauma and PTSD, grief and loss issues, identity, and relationships with an emphasis on personality and mood disorders. She has a background in utilizing multiple therapeutic treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Theory, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Relational Theory, Multisystemic Theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy interventions. Rebecca has a certification in Animal Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver and has experience bringing animals into individual and group therapy sessions. Rebecca is also certified in brainspotting for treatment-resistant trauma and other physiological reactions to trauma. Rebecca focuses her interventions on treating the individual, but also works within family, couple, and community systems to create meaningful change. She has extensive experience working as a social worker in multiple settings, such as schools, diversion and reentry programs, community counseling centers, and dual diagnosis treatment centers with varying levels of care. Rebecca’s therapeutic approach is honoring and validating client’s experiences, and encouraging a deeper look into cognitive functioning and incorporating mindfulness practices into their lives when possible. Rebecca is passionate about encouraging clients to understand their inherent value, with an emphasis on fostering safe environments that cultivate authentic therapeutic partnerships and empower clients to create and achieve their goals. Rebecca is an Associate Clinical Social Worker BBS #97657.

Sasha Khalili, AMFT

Primary Therapist

Sasha joined Westwind in 2022. As an AMFT, Sasha implements multi-faceted client centered modalities in to treating clients at Westwind. He received his master’s in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University. Sasha studied Mindfulness and Zen Buddhism in Japan, which has allowed for many mindfulness-based practices such as meditation and Buddhist philosophy to be integrated. He’s worked as a Therapist since 2020 and has experience in Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Trauma, and other Mental Health realms. His passion is to form new palpable connections and reflections in the mind, body, and soul of my clients that allow for them to step into the empowerment and autonomy of their lives. Sasha is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist BBS #125706.

Rebecca Boswell, RAC #14563

Case Manager

Becky first came to Westwind in 2016 where she served as house manager for one of Westwind’s supportive sober living homes. An interventionist in her own right with a CCMI accreditation, her spiritual practices of Buddhism, Meditation and Yoga have held her in good stead during her many years of her own recovery from drugs and alcohol, but it is her continuing education in addiction studies that separates Becky from her classmates and makes her a genuine diamond in the rough. Having worked her way up from house manager to technician to program coordinator, Becky has recently taken on the impressive mantle of Case Manager which allows her to meet with every client individually and help them with resume writing, job placement, community resources and aftercare planning. Her innate ability to lead with a steady hand while lending a deep compassion for our clients’ daily struggles make her the standout candidate for ensuring every need gets met with a love and guidance you will not find at any other program -at any price. Hailing from Alabama, Becky is best known for her rich, southern accent and warm ineffable charm.

Ereina Madrid, RADT

Case Manager

Ereina has been with Westwind since 2021. She has been promoted from a lead technician position into a Case Manager role where she helps clients with various resources including resume writing, job placement, community resource and aftercare planning. Ereina is a native of Southern California and has been sober since 2000. Today she continues to be active and work the 12-step program and help others to do the same. Ereina began her journey working in the addiction and mental health field 2015 in detox/ residential treatment centers.

Jordan Williams, RAC #14847

Program Coordinator

Jordan has been with Westwind since 2021, first as a technician, and then transitioning into the Intake Coordinator position. Most Recently he has been promoted to the Program Coordinator where he handles client and program scheduling. Jordan is an active member of a 12- step program. Jordan hopes to continue giving back to his community by working in treatment, service work, and reaching out to fellow addicts in need. Jordan is originally from Ohio and has worked various jobs in nursing homes and schools.

Medical

Mark Jaffe psychiatrist

Mark Jaffe, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Mark Jaffe has been a consulting psychiatrist for Westwind since 2019. Dr. Jaffe graduated from UCLA cum laude in 1987. He attended the University of Southern California medical school and completed his internship and residency in psychiatry at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. He also completed two years of fellowship training at the USC Institute of Psychiatry and Law, where he is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry. He is board certified in general and forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Jaffe is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine with a Certification in Addiction Medicine. During his residency and fellowship training at the LAC+USC Medical Center, Dr. Jaffe was responsible for triage, evaluation, treatment, admission and disposition of emergent psychiatric patients in a 2000-bed facility. The medical center comprised the pediatric, women’s and general hospital departments and served the greater Los Angeles area. Dr. Jaffe currently consults for the Los Angeles County Superior and Municipal Courts and is a member of the Expert witness panel. He has provided consultations to various agencies including the Medical Board of California, the United Sates Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons, the United States Postal Service, The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Long Beach Rapid Transit, and the Los Angeles County Mental Health Court. He has also performed evaluations for many various agencies, courts and attorneys on cases involving the use of drugs and alcohol during the commission of crimes or during employment. Dr. Jaffe’s level of expertise, when coupled with both his empathy and ineffable charm render him a preeminent choice in the field, especially when running the gauntlet of psychiatric affairs both emotional and litigious.

Ryan Peterson, MD

Consulting Medical Doctor

Dr. Peterson has been with Westwind since 2015. He meets with clients to ensure that they get the best medical care while they are in outpatient treatment at Westwind. Dr. Peterson provides general medical care as well as pain management to Westwind clients. He makes referrals to specialists in the community when needed and oversees client care. Dr. Peterson went to medical school at The George Washington University School of Medicine and did his internship in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan in New York City. He did residency in anesthesiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City and his fellowship in pain medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He became board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine in 2010. Personal experience becoming addicted to drugs himself led him to want to help other people suffering with substance use. Thus, he studied and became certified in addiction medicine in 2014.

Dr. Peterson is a proud member of the following groups:
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • California Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • California Society of Addiction Medicine
  • International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous
  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Addiction Medicine

Manny Alvano, MHA, MSN, RN-BC

Consulting Nurse

Manny has been with Westwind since 2021. He works as a consultant to staff and clients regarding medical/ nursing issues as they arise. He began his career in mental health, addiction, and trauma at the age of 21 at an adolescent unit in an acute care hospital. Upon earning his registered nursing degree at Chapman University, he became the charge nurse of that very same unit. Three decades later, he maintains the same passion to help others. Manny’s vocation has expanded to top notch facilities including Cedars-Sinai and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA as a clinical nurse and educator. He has received excellent supervision from outstanding psychiatrists, addictionologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatric registered nurses which has translated to excellent patient care. Manny’s high standards brought him to Westwind Recovery® where personalized treatment and quality care are paramount. As a lifelong learner, he obtained master’s degrees in both healthcare administration and nursing (USF). He is also board certified by ANCC (American Nursing Credentialing Center) as a Psychiatric Mental Health/Addictions Nurse. His experience and education have led him to another one of his true loves which is teaching. Manny is currently a theory and clinical instructor at Mount Saint Mary’s University in mental health nursing and integrative theory and practice. Whether it is the clients he works with or students he teaches, he is committed to touching other’s lives in a way that is meaningful and uplifting.

Lynn Tumpa

Lynn Tumpa, RD, RDN #80039

Registered Dietician

Lynn Tumpa, R.D., joined the Westwind team in 2022. Lynn facilitates body positivity and nutrition group at Westwind to assist clients with their dietary and any disordered eating issues. Lynn is very passionate about nutrition. So much so that she gives inspiring speeches nationwide and is well-known for her motivating talks on the subject. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association and has practiced nutrition counseling since the year 2000. Lynn is a graduate of Hood College, she served an internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and is also a certified Kundalini yoga instructor. She brings the mind, body and soul together with her innovative approach to nutritional treatment which includes the integration of meditation and yoga.

Operations

Anna James

Anna James, CADC II

Director of Operations/Housing

Anna has been with Westwind since 2021. Anna oversees the operations in Westwind’s supportive housing program. Anna received her CADC II in 2004 from University of California, Los Angeles where she was awarded a Drug and Alcohol Counseling certificate from UCLA (CADC-1 & CADC-II) and has been trained in and co-facilitates Process Groups. She worked for ten years successfully supporting a well- known Malibu treatment center developing from 6 to 36 treatment beds with four locations. Anna’s greatest role and contribution was to create, establish and oversee Continuing Care & Alumni Services, internationally, for eight years prior to becoming the Administrator of the facility. She then managed clinical and administrative staff, as well as handled all client needs as they focused on healing and transforming their lives.

Anna was then recruited to assist other facilities in the licensing and expansion of their programs for the next two years. Her specialty in organizational restructuring, assisting operations and supporting clinical services then landed her a role as a Program Director for 5 years at one of the nations most recognized co-occurring treatment programs in Malibu. This vast experience and working knowledge of dual-diagnosis treatment makes her the best candidate to serve as the Director of Operations for IOP and Housing at Westwind Recovery® and to help support both management and residents in their care.

As a woman in long term recovery herself for over two decades, Anna finds her greatest
satisfaction in managing her staff to change their lives for the better.

Nicholas Turner

Nicholas Turner, RADT

Housing Supervisor

Nick has been with Westwind since 2021 and started working as a detox technician. After showing his passion for helping others and dedication to recovery, Nick now works overseeing housing for all of the clients and looking after all of their needs in the supportive living houses and making their daily life in recovery the best it can be. Nick has been sober working in the recovery field since 2016. He is passionate about recovery and using his experience to help others. Nick has also gone to school to further his knowledge in recovery and is only a few steps away from having his CADC-II certification. One thing Nick is truly passionate about is finding a creative outlet in sobriety, as Nick has been a musician his whole life, and also runs music therapy groups for clients seeking recovery. From ensuring client’s needs in housing Nick is committed to helping anyone achieve a happy, sober, and productive life in any way he can.

Priya Martindale, MBA

Director of Human Resources

Priya has been with Westwind since 2020. She oversees human resources and accounting practices at Westwind. Priya has her bachelor’s degree in accounting and pursued her master’s in Healthcare Administration while working as a contract manager at a local hospital. She ultimately started working for an umbrella corporation as Director of Human Resources. “Healthcare is where I found my calling”, Priya explains. “I’ve been doing this since 2010 and I honestly feel as if this is where I can do the most good.” At one point, Priya was an advocate for almost 100 employees, overseeing everything from Payroll and Benefits to providing guidance on general human resources compliance issues as well as managing policy and procedure implementations and updates for her company. Born and raised in the Fiji Islands, Priya migrated with her family to the Unites States of America when she was 12 years old but made a conscious decision to maintain her sense of practicality throughout the process of her Americanization.

Admissions

Dave BiFulco

Chief Operating Officer

Dave has been with Westwind since 2018. Beginning his tenure with Westwind Recovery® as Director of Admissions, Dave worked individually with every client that came through the door. Later transitioning to Director of Business Development, Dave’s role became one focused on connecting with other like- minded professionals and providers in order to further collaborate with the ever- growing Behavioral Health community. In his latest role as Chief Operating Officer, Dave has taken a new focus on quality of care, company growth, and strategic planning. Continuing to oversee the Admissions, Business Development, and Alumni departments, Dave works to create policies and procedures that are client-centric and indicative of Westwind’s core values. Community, Collaboration, and Commitment to Excellence. Originally from New York, Dave began his career journey in the field of Behavioral Health in 2015. Knowing all too well the struggles that an individual faces when seeking treatment, his goal has always been to make the process as seamless, attentive, and straightforward as possible. A passion derived from seeing an individual achieve recovery has allowed him to remain and thrive in this field.

Alexsa Dong

Business Development Representative

Alexsa joined Westwind in 2021. As Westwind’s business development representative she works collaboratively with treatment centers across the country to ensure good relationships and placements for Westwind clients. Alexsa’s goal is to develop and nourish relationships with other providers and professionals who share aligned values with Westwind Recovery®. With a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance, Alexsa started her new career in Behavioral Health focusing on Human Resources and Office Administration. She soon transitioned into an Admissions Counselor role where she began working directly with individuals and family members in crisis. Alexsa strives to offer compassion, empathy, and education to those who seek it. Alexsa was born and raised in New York, where she was once climbing the corporate ladder in NYC Fashion Industry. It was there that her substance abuse and mental health struggles eventually led her to seek help. As Alexsa grew personally through her own recovery, so did her wanting to work with others.

Phillip Stevens, CADC-I

Admissions Counselor 

Phil has worked with Westwind since 2021. He is a certified alcohol and drug counselor with over 4 years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health field. Being in recovery himself, he has the ability to genuinely express empathy and compassion toward all clients he interfaces with. Phil began working in the field as a residential technician and quickly climbed the ranks to becoming a residential supervisor, overseeing day to day operations, facilitating staff trainings, and ensuring detox/residential compliance. He eventually found his calling when he became more involved clinically and with admissions. It is Phil’s belief that a smooth and effective admissions process sets the tone for the entire treatment experience.

Recommended by Westwind’s Clinical Officer, Phil offers his knowledge and expertise of 12-step modalities, crisis intervention, emergency medical services training, case management, counseling, and most importantly, client care and safety. Currently residing in Pasadena, Phil is continuing his education at Pasadena City College, nearing his completion of an AA in psychology with the long- term goal of becoming a licensed psychologist. He believes in the therapeutic value of psychoeducation, the effects on the mind, body, and spirit of prolonged substance use, and finding the right solution pertaining to each individual client.

Stephanie Karling, RAC #14523

Admissions Counselor

Stephanie has been with Westwind since 2019. Stephanie works closely with Westwind clients to ensure that their admission process goes smoothly. Once admitted Stephanie assists clients with financial coordination to ensure that they have a stable living situation while at Westwind. Growing up in Ketchikan, Alaska, Stephanie wanted a bigger and better future for herself. This was, of course, before she succumbed to addiction. Once clean and sober, Stephanie quickly chose a life path that would bring her the most joy, first by serving as house manager of Westwind’s supportive living house, and then, later, as a technician and now as an integral part of the admissions team.

Joey Estrada

Joey Estrada, RAC #16103

Intake Coordinator

Joey started with Westwind in 2022. He is an Intake Coordinator, meeting with every client who admits to Westwind to ensure a smooth transition into their treatment. He strives to focus on quality of care and program development, while continuing to collaborate with many other professionals that he has relationships with to ensure that clients receive the quality of care that Westwind promises to provide. Prior to Westwind, Joey worked for a prominent treatment center in Los Angeles. He started as a technician, then house manager then shortly after became program director. Joey has 5 plus years of experience in recovery and has been sober for 6 years. He understands the struggle that many people face and has devoted his career to seeing that others receive the treatment that they require so that they can lead a fulfilling life. During Joey’s free time he enjoys leading an active and healthy lifestyle, whether it’s going on long runs or practicing hot yoga.

Alumni Services

Michael Shahin, RAC #14556

Director of Alumni and Activities

Michael started at Westwind in 2015. Fondly known as “Mikey”, he is Westwind’s director of “all things fun.” Mikey leads the activities for clients including beach outings, hiking in the mountains, providing community service as well as weekend trips to fun places to snow ski, bowl, ice skate, camp in the wilderness and much more. In addition, Mikey stays in touch with clients as they transition out of Westwind back into their lives. Mikey organizes a weekly alumni BBQ and various alumni activities for clients to remain connected to Westwind for life! Having been clean and sober since 2013, he can soulfully attest that the foundations for his recovery were built during his own time spent residing at a supportive sober living home. There, his colorful career in the Entertainment Industry as a producer and production coordinator eventually gave way to a 2-year stint as a mentor at a prominent treatment in Los Angeles where he cultivated his gift for helping others find their way back to sanity and fully came into his own. He then segued into his role as technician for Westwind while juggling his duties as house manager for Westwind’s Houdini House when it first opened. His commitment to making sure that no client “fall between the cracks”, when coupled with his eye for detail, propelled him through the ranks with ridiculous ease. Mikey is currently in school earning his Nursing license while also working toward acquiring recovery credentials in case management and intervention.

Founders

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