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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.
Program Director

Phyllis Wodin-Murphy

Phyllis Wodin – Murphy, comes to VRC with over 35 years experience in the healthcare industry. Her background started in nursing and continued in hospital administration. Phyllis is very well versed in the substance abuse community, and has worked to write programs and assisted in the  start up of many southern California and east coast locations. Phyllis brings senior level management skills, utilization review, revenue cycle management and a strong work ethic. Phyllis serves on many healthcare and insurance industry related committees and has been instrumental in changing policies and procedure to better service the area of substance abuse services.  Her leadership skills and development insight will allow VRC to continue to be an outstanding program.

M.D. Consultant

Dr. Gregory Jenkins

Gregory Jenkins, MD proudly boasts over 30 years of experience. In addition to being one of the leading doctors in his field Dr. Jenkins has served on a number of hospital boards and committees. Dr. Jenkins is one of the physicians people trust the most in the Santa Clarita Valley. Dr. Jenkins continues to expand his breadth of medical knowledge through extensive education.

Dr. Jenkins has served in multiple capacities as a medical staff leader at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Dr. Jenkins works as a member of the Medical Staff Executive Board and is ways focused on providing and improving the quality of care patients receive at our local hospital. He believes that it is vital for local l physicians to contribute their efforts to the hospital that serves their patients. Dr. Jenkins words as a member of the Medical Staff Executive Board and is always focused on providing and improving the quality of care patients receive at our local hospital. He has served two terms as chief of staff, as deputy chief of staff, immediate past chief of staff, chair of the primary care committee and director of medical clinical education.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Thor Reyes

Dr. Thor-Alcyone L. Reyes has a degree from Louisville, KY in Psychiatry & Neurology, with a focus on addictive medications. With over 40 years of experience in the psychiatric industry, Dr. Reyes has gracefully been able to help guide the residents of Valley Recovery Center to a safe and prosperous state of recovery. His belief in Buddhism allows him not only to treat the mind and body, but soul of the residents. He dedicates 2 hours every week to meet with each client and not only adjust and prescribe appropriate medications but truly understand the nature of their addiction.

Clinical Director

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.

Therapists

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.

PAMELA M. HAYES

PAMELA M. HAYES, MFT, ATR-BC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. Specialties: addictions, adoption, parenting, gender identity, depression, anxiety, grief and ADHD. Ms. Hayes is a noted speaker, educator and author.

Ms. Hayes is also a painter, mother of two home schooled children and a 2nd Dan Black Belt.  The process of combined art, parenting, teaching and martial arts has furthered her understanding of personal and family dynamics.

Nutrionists

David Wiss

David Wiss MS RDN is the founder of Nutrition In Recovery, which specializes in: Addictions, Eating Disorders, Weight Management, Sports Nutrition, and General Wellness. Mr. Wiss has shared his expertise with numerous eating disorder and addiction facilities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. David is a core member of Dietitians for Professional Integrity, and a major advocate for the role of nutrition in recovery from behavioral health disorders. View some of his work at www.nutritioninrecovery.com

Kristie Moore

Kristie Moore MS RDN specializes in treating eating disorders and addictions, helping her clients to succeed by using a recovery-informed mindfulness-based approach. Kristie works directly with clients to create an individualized treatment plan that will empower them with confidence and knowledge so that they can reach their personal wellness goals. Kristie also provides nutrition counseling and education in weight management, diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy, and general wellness.

Life Coach

Dr Chaz Austin

Dr. Chaz Austin conducts weekly career workshops at Valley Recovery Center. His most recent book is “101 Ways to Find Work . . . and Keep Finding Work for the Rest of Your Career!” “Creating a Career Plan,” an online course he created, wrote and teaches, is available on lynda.com. His next course, “Succeeding in a New Job” will be published in July.

Dr. Chaz holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University.

Reiki Master/Teacher

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.

Lead Technician and Alumni Coordinator

Adam Gilad

Student for Behavior science and former Director and program development in youth incarceration , specializing in addiction and team building .

Currently managing all tech staff at valley recovery including maintenance and logistics.

Along with coordinating our Alumni program that provides continuation to our program after graduation.

Social Workers

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.

Intake Coordinator Case Manager

Ashley Wodin

Ashley Wodin comes to us with over 12 years experience in Medical billing and Collections. She was the Collection Manager for a large Residential Substance Abuse facility located in Malibu CA. Ashley was instrumental in placing policies and procedures in place to increase insurance reimbursement. Ashley uses her billing experience to assist clients with intake and case management as well as discharge planning. Her knowledge helps the clients maneuver easily through the difficult process involved in admission. Ashley brings the understanding of Insurance, case management and intake together in one complete package.

Acupuncturist

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.

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