Our Staff

Qualified and Experienced Staff

The staff here at Valley Recovery Center comes from a variety of backgrounds, and everyone of them is devoted to helping our patients find the treatment or treatments that really speak to their needs and address their history with addiction. The staff includes psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors, who work to guide patients through their entire recovery process. They also provide one on one therapy, develop a personal treatment program for each patient, and help patients set goals and achieve lasting recovery.

Wide range of skill sets

Our staff includes many other professionals, including hypnotherapists, art therapists, music therapists, and pet therapists, to name just a few. They share our commitment to providing patients with personalized care, and they give patients options to find treatment programs that they can really connect with. We know that each patient is unique, so we don’t expect that the same treatment will work for everyone. Instead, we provide patients with many options, so they will be able to find the treatment that works for them.

A passion for health and wellness

Everyone at Valley Recovery Center knows that they are part of a team working together to provide our patients with the care and support they need to achieve sobriety. We are all deeply interested in the health and the success of our patients, and we take tremendous pride in the work we do. It truly feels great to see our patients return to their families and communities and enjoy a lasting recovery.

If you think you are ready to make Valley Recovery Center the right solution for you, have one of our specialists contact you today.
Clinical Director

Amy Spahr, LCSW

Ms. Spahr has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field, primarily leadership roles in substance use and eating disorder treatment facilities. Her previous positions include Executive Clinical Director at Promises Treatment Programs, Director of Phoenix House Academy, Executive Director of Remuda Ranch, and Program Director of Developmental Behavioral Consultants. In addition to oversight of facility operations and management teams, Ms. Spahr also enjoys the provision of direct clinical services and has extensive experience with depression, anxiety, body image, addictions, trauma, and family relationships.

Amy Spahr, LCSW, Clinical Director
Admissions Coordinator

Kori Francisco

Kori Francisco is our intake/discharge coordinator and case manager. She comes to our facility with a strong understanding of the addiction recovery process. Kori creates a safe environment for clients to feel comfortable during their stay at Valley Recovery Center . She meets with client weekly to create achievable aftercare goals. Kori also assist clients with all work or disability related issues so they can focus on their recovery. Kori’s motivation, dedication and empathy are necessary for our clients to reach their aftercare goals once they graduate from our facility.


Gary Rempe, M.A., LMFT

Gary’s commitment to treatment is best seen through a fifteen-year work history that includes providing a broad range of mental health services to children, teens and families, foster care and at-risk youth, seniors and the physically disabled, as well as individuals with chronic or acute mentally illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. He has found success in the treatment of individuals suffering from traumatic or acute stress, depression and anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior and substance use. His work has also included services to low-income families and children struggling with violence or abuse, mental illness, behavioral disorders, learning differences, physical illness, parental loss and traumatic grief. He uses a psycho-dynamic perspective with a cognitive-behavioral and narrative therapies approach to treatment. He believes each individual, couple, or family can heal through this process, improve their relationships and achieve a greater quality of life.

Lead Therapist (LMFT) Lauren Turnbull

Lauren Turnbull is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been working in the field for over 10 years. She specializes in Solution Focused and Strategic Family Therapy. She brings genuine care and concern as well as her knowledge and expertise into the therapy.

As a therapist, her goal is to assist her clients in making their own decisions and optimize their life as they navigate recovery. Although it may not be possible to “fix” everything, it is possible to improve one’s ability to effectively cope with life’s challenges.

Tanya Nord, MA, MFTI, C.Ht

I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master/Teacher and a Marriage Family Therapist Intern.  I have enjoyed success in my private practice as a Healing Art Practitioner specializing in Reiki and Pranic healing since 1992, as a Clinical Hypnotherapist since 2001, and as a Marriage Family Therapist Intern since 2009.

I find that the combination of my training and honed skills makes me uniquely suited to guide my clients through whatever challenges they wish to overcome and help them realize, and even surpass, their personal goals.

It is my conviction that each of us has within ourselves an infinite well of resources just waiting to be tapped; and it is my passion to help clients discover and cultivate their own unique gifts that will bring them joy and fulfillment in every area of their lives.

Sean Coe

Sean Coe has been a clinical therapist for over 10 years providing therapeutic services for clients.  He has been working in the addiction field for over 5 years working with clients to  overcome their addictions, rebuild their lives, and repair family relationships.  Sean specializes in working with family dynamics and mending strained family relationships.  He also specializes in helping clients manage anxiety while building healthy life coping skills to promote healthy self esteem and self-authority.   This allows clients to be able to live happier and healthier lives and promote recovery and relapse prevention. Sean is extremely honored and excited to be part of a recovery center that focuses on the clients and families well being and provides them an opportunity to rebuild the damage their addiction has done while setting a healthy foundation for the happier and healthier life they are building with the assistance of Valley Recovery.

Tammy Albretson (Lead Substance Abuse Counselor)

Tammy Albretsen is currently the Head Certified Addiction Counselor and Med Coordinator specializing in client care. Tammy has been with Valley Recovery Center since the beginning and holds a strong passion for the field of addiction. She treats addicts and educating individuals to help them better cope with their addictive personalities and break the cycle of addiction to recover their lives, as well as to overcome the stigma associated with this disease. Using clinically tested evidenced based interventions. Her passion for helping others combined with her extensive personal experience makes her an indispensable asset to VRC. Tammy’s professional skills coupled with her dedication and devotion has driven her in confining her education towards achieving her MFT license and is certified in Equine-Assisted Therapy discipline of using horses as a means to provide metaphoric experience in order to promote emotional growth.

Tammy Albretson Lead Substance Abuse Counselor
Colin Dassler Substance Abuse Counselor

Colin Dassler (Substance Abuse Counselor)

Colin Dassler has been working as a substance abuse counselor in the Santa Clarita Valley since 2015 and is currently registered with the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators. Mr. Dassler completed his training in Addiction Studies at Pierce College in 2017 and has prior experience working in both the outpatient and residential treatment environments. Colin’s passion for counseling stems from the belief that all people have the ability to grow and change.


Natalia Plotkin

Natalia Plotkin, L.Ac, Dipl. OM was awarded a Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University.  She is recognized by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, a considerable professional achievement.

Helping others with Traditional Chinese Medicine was a natural choice for Natalia, who has been practicing meditation for 20 years and Qi Gong for over 10.

Natalia has treated at the Yo San University Clinic and Venice Family Clinic.

Natalia, also provides massage therapy services to clients in need.

Music Therapist

Marlee Simon

Marlee Simon, MT-BC, is a Board-Certified Music Therapist located in Los Angeles, California. In addiction treatment and rehabilitation, Music Therapy is utilized to allow clients to explore their recovery process in fun, safe, noninvasive, and motivating ways through music. At Valley Recovery Center, clients will participate in therapeutic, music interventions—such as song sharing, songwriting, lyric discussion, instrumental improvisation, and music and meditation—to express themselves, engage with peers, and develop coping techniques and transferable skills for recovery. “Music is a universal language that can be purposefully used to motivate, connect, heal, and inspire people. I am passionate about helping people to discover and actualize their fullest potential. It is my passion and purpose in life to provide opportunities forpeople to explore their sense of self and to enhance their quality of life through music.” Marlee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and received her Associate’s Degree in Psychology from College of the Canyons in Valencia, California.

Yoga Therapist

Chyanne Peachee

My name is Chyanne Peachee. I have been clean and sober for 21 years. During that time I have acquired a love and passion for helping others. I also insist upon maintaining a positive outlook and sharing that energy with the world. I became a certified yoga instructor three years ago. This was a natural progression for me as a spiritually guided person. Teaching yoga, my long-term sobriety, and my love of life put me in a position to bring peace and well-being to others. The gratitude I get to experience from that is only surpassed by the joy of being a mother to my three beautiful children.

In-house Chef
Denis Mansfield Chef Valley Recovery Center

Denis Mansfield is a chef with a passion for cooking and for the recovery community. He has been in recovery, himself, for 4 years and, in that time, has learned that people can change their lives and grow tremendously if given the tools and opportunity. After getting sober, Chef Denis went to culinary school at College of the Canyons, and then worked in several restaurants where he had the opportunity to hone his skills in the kitchen. He is dedicated to providing healthy meals to help heal the body, without sacrificing flavor and fun. He believes eating should be an experience and understands that mealtime is an opportunity to build community.

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