Our Staff

Executive Director- Denise Klein, MSW

Denise Klein, MSW,  Executive Director of Milestones Ranch Malibu, one of the nation’s premier dual diagnosis treatment centers, graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1992.  Prior to graduation, Denise was awarded Social Worker of the Year 1990 by Minot State University for her “commitment, enthusiasm and contributions to[…]

Consulting Board Licensed Clinical Psychologist – Dr. Judy Ho

Dr. Judy Ho is a board licensed clinical psychologist, a two-time board diplomate of American Board of Professional Psychology and the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, and a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University. Her clinical experiences include working in inpatient psychiatric settings; outpatient hospitals and clinics; in forensic settings as a testing[…]

Psychologist- Dr. Seth Kadish

In addition to a successful private practice in West Los Angeles and Woodland Hills, Dr. Seth C. Kadish is Director of Group Services at PCH in Mar Vista. He is the former Clinical Director of Milestones Ranch Malibu, and Staff Psychologist at California State Prison,Los AngelesCounty, counseling maximum-security inmates. Prior to that, Dr. Kadish worked[…]

Psychologist & EMDR Therapist- Dr. Thomas Wood

Dr. Wood has worked in the field of addictions and mental health for over 21 years, providing addiction treatment services, psychotherapeutic services and education to groups, individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Wood holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Addiction Studies and Family Systems.  He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and experienced[…]

Primary Therapist- Dr. Laura Cavarretta, Ph.D.

Laura Cavarretta, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and brings over 30 years of experience in the mental health field.  She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Dr. Cavarretta also received an MA in Theology while she studied at Fuller.  She is particularly sensitive to the[…]

Primary Therapist- Justin Leitstein, LMFT

Justin Leitstein is a licensed marriage and family therapist.  He has an established reputation amongst many treatment professionals for providing instrumental therapeutic results for a wide range of challenges. He draws upon his refined therapeutic resources to deliver customized treatment programs for individuals and families. Justin specializes in: Crisis Intervention, Conflict Resolution, Addiction Treatment, Recovery[…]

Primary Therapist- Summer Gaynor, LMFT

Summer Gaynor has been working in the field of mental health and addiction recovery for over six years. Summer obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her initial four years of experience was obtained at a residential and outpatient treatment[…]

Cognitive Rehabilitation Counselor- Celeste Racicot M.Ed.,CRC,CVE

Celeste Racicot was the 2011 recipient of The Stork Award, Brain Injury Center of Ventura County, for commitment to going above and beyond to better the lives of brain injury survivors. She was also the 2010 recipient of California Brain Injury Association’s award for professionalism in the field of brain injury. Celeste holds an undergraduate[…]

Certified Hypnotherapist- Joe Tabbanelle, C.HT

Joe Tabbanelle is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Motivational Speaker. He is certified as an instructor of Neuro-Linguistic Programming  (NLP) and MER (Mental and Emotional Release). Joe graduated with honors from Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI), the first accredited college for hypnotherapy, and was awarded The HMI Clinical Achievement Award for Outstanding Accomplishment During Clinical Residency. He is[…]

Group Facilitator- Kristen Biggie, LMFT

Kristen Biggie, M.A, MFT, is a group facilitator at Milestones Ranch Malibu. Ms. Biggie, who received her master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, trained in contemporary psychodynamic theory. Current modalities also include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Stages of Change Transtheoretical Model. Ms. Biggie has worked in a variety of capacities since becoming licensed as an[…]

Group Facilitator- Mary Ann Rege, LMFT

Mary Ann Rege, M.A., is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with an LGBTQ+ Specialization. In her work with individuals and groups, Mary Ann takes a whole person approach through Mindfulness-Oriented and Affirmative Psychotherapies. She is a Trained HealthRHYTHMS® and SoulCollage® Facilitator who utilizes empowerment drumming and Jungian-based art modalities to expand well-being beyond what[…]

Group Facilitator- Dr. Stephen Trudeau, PSY.D

Dr. Stephen Trudeau is a clinical psychologist practicing in Malibu, CA. He is the author of Courage to Thrive: Triumph in the Face of Adversity, which seeks to explain how anybody can live a Thriving life, despite the difficulties they may have faced. Encouraging his  clients to get out of a victim mentality, and to go[…]

Group Facilitator- Ron Borczon, MT-BC

Ron Borczon, MT-BC, founded the Music Therapy Department at Cal State Northridge in 1984. After more than 20 years, Ron remains Director of the program, one of only three in the State of California. He is also the founder and Director of the Music Therapy Wellness Clinic at Cal State Northridge. Ron has been awarded[…]

Group Facilitator- Shane Coyle, CATC-II, CDS

Shane Coyle graduated from Pierce College with a degree in Addiction Studies in the summer of 2013 and became certified under the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE). For nearly a decade, Shane has been working in various capacities in treatment centers around the Los Angeles area. Shane’s approach to addiction treatment concentrates on bringing attention to the disconnection from[…]

Group Facilitator- Gail Sloan, CAODC

Gail Sloan started her educational pursuits in Texas, studying agriculture, nutritional science and art.  Gail later segued her interests to psychology and addictive sciences. Gail received her degrees in addiction science, marriage and family therapy and drug and alcohol counseling. Gail has worked in the field of recovery since 1986.  She has an affinity for helping[…]

Group Facilitator- Seth Hall, RADT

Seth Hall is a  life coach who embodies transformation. His personal story alone with recovering from drug addiction tells people that no matter where you have come from, with a strong desire to change coupled with consistent action, you can transform your life, and that anything is possible. Seth’s experience working with people individually and[…]

Director of Admissions- Savannah Ganje, LCSW

Savannah Ganje completed her Bachelor’s degree in social work at Colorado State University. While completing her Bachelor’s degree, Savannah worked with pre-school aged children in the head start system as well as volunteering at the local nursing home. Immediately after completing her Bachelor’s degree, Savannah entered the Master’s of Social Work program at the University[…]

Admissions and Insurance Coordinator- Carolyn Hamilton

Carolyn Hamilton has over 25 years of experience in the insurance and healthcare field. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She managed a radiology group and a surgery center before working for Blue Cross as a manager. In 2000 Carolyn started her own independent insurance billing company, Millennium Medical Billing.[…]

Personal Trainer- Kareen Oliveri

Kareen is passionate about helping people effectively achieve their individual fitness goals; whether it is with one-on-one training or in a group setting. She is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is an instructor for Fit Body Boot Camp, teaching two early morning classes five days a week. Her training style allows[…]

Hiking Guide- Randy Heuser

Randy grew up hiking in the hills of Malibu. He attended California State Polytechnic University School of Architecture. After spending a number of years in architecture, he transitioned into the health and wellness field. He worked for a number of years as the general manager of the Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu, as well as[…]

Residential Technician- Shannon Copsin

Shannon was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico. In 1993 she and her then 4 year old daughter Desiree moved to Los Angeles where she began a 15 year career in sales and marketing. Wanting a change and desiring to help others Shannon sought work in treatment. Her own successful recovery from addiction made[…]

Residential Technician- Barbara Hill

Barbara Hill grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from  Canoga Park High School.  Shortly after, she married and had her first child but sadly her husband was killed in Viet Nam.  She remarried and had four more children.  She devoted most of her life to caring for her children.  She went back  to[…]

Residential Technician- Kirsten Shura

Kirsten Shura joined the Milestones team in December of 2013.   Due to her own personal experiences with addiction in her family, Kirsten decided to leave her career in financial management and follow her desire in helping other families and individuals in their recovery.   She loves her job at Milestones Ranch Malibu and the opportunity it[…]

Executive Chef- Rodolfo Reyes

Cooking has always been Chef Rodolfo’s passion.  He enjoys cooking all kinds of popular dishes as well as creating his own. He is a very strong believer in using home grown products and eating healthy. Rodolfo has over 30 years of culinary experience as the Executive Chef at the Biggest Loser Resort, Wellfit  Resort ,[…]

Executive Chef- Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts runs her kitchen on a variety of philosophical principles. “Food is medicine,” she states as her primary understanding of her work. She has been nourishing people for nearly two decades. Her belief is that the intention you put behind the food can be just as healing as the nutrients. Kate cooks with the[…]

Housekeeping Manager- Vilma Gomez

Vilma Gomez has been with Calamigos Ranch for almost 30 years. She began working at Milestones 11 years ago and is the manager of housekeeping. She enjoys working and she likes helping clients. She likes working at Milestones because she feels that Milestones staff has a family atmosphere that feels very caring. She states that[…]