Our Staff

Executive Director- Denise Klein, MSW

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[…]

Consulting Addiction Psychiatrist- Dr. Meredith Sagan

Meredith Sagan, MD is a UCLA Semel Institute trained Psychiatrist who is on the cutting edge of the integrative medicine movement. With extensive expertise in psychiatric medication management, homeopathy, and mind-body medicine psychotherapies, Dr. Sagan offers a unique combination of treatments to help you or your loved one find stability, peace and balance. With over[…]

Consulting Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician- Dr. Lisa Benya

Dr. Lisa Benya was born in Wadsworth, Ohio and was raised there until going to College. She completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University in 1990. She graduated from Ohio University Medical School in 1995. She proceeded to complete her residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Health systems in 1999 at South Pointe Hospital focusing[…]

Assistant Executive Director and Admissions Coordinator- Savannah Ganje, MSW

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.[…]

Clinical Director- Debbie Briem MA, LMFT

Debbie Briem, MA, LMFT holds a Master’s degree from Antioch University in Clinical Psychology and is licensed by the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. (mfc# 48586). Her specialization is addiction, and as such received training through the addiction studies and counseling program at UCLA Extension. She offers treatment to a wide[…]

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[…]

Therapist- Jackson Sousa LMFT,CSAT-S,CATC-IV,CST

Jackson Sousa is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Jackson’s practice focuses on treating couples, families, sexual addiction and other process addiction disorders in a safe, respectful, and confidential setting. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and obtained a masters degree from the University of Santa Monica where he was honored[…]

Vocational Counselor- Celeste Racicot M.Ed.,CRC,CVE

2011 recipient of The Stork Award, Brain Injury Center of Ventura County, for commitment above and beyond to better the lives of brain injury survivors. 2010 recipient of California Brain Injury Association’s award for professionalism in the field of brain injury. Celeste holds an undergraduate degree from Russell Sage College in Visual and Performing Arts/[…]

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[…]

Adoption and Eating Disorder Therapist- Michelle Gross, LMFT

Michelle Gross, MA, MFT is a licensed Marriage, Family therapist. She graduated CSUN with a bachelor’s in psychology in 1988 and earned her master’s degree from the California Family Study Center in North Hollywood in 1990.  Having worked in the field of open adoption while going through her master’s program, she has expertise in adoption[…]

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist- Brenda Ruckstuhl, MS, RDN

Brenda Ruckstuhl, MS, RDN,  completed her degree in nutrition from California State University Northridge in 1993. While taking graduate classes she completed her dietetic internship at various locations in Southern California including Cedars Sinai hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills and Ventura County Public Health. She sat for the Registered Dietitian exam and received her credential  in[…]

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, 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, MS, MAC

Gail Sloan started her educational pursuits in Texas, studying agriculture, nutritional science, animal  science and behavior. She also studied art.  Gail later segued her interests to psychology, addictive science, and school counseling. Gail received her degrees in sociology, counseling , addiction science, educational psychology, marriage family and child counseling.. Gail is nationally, and state certified[…]

Group Facilitator- Cheryl Beatrice, LMFT

Cheryl Beatrice is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#99156) registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. She obtained her Master of Counseling Psychology degree from California Lutheran University (CLU) in Thousand Oaks, CA. She is a certified Anger Management counselor, and has specific training in “Seeking Safety,” an evidence based model designed to[…]

Clinical Outreach Coordinator- Anita Kaplan, LCSW

Anita Kaplan graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2002. She earned her license as a Clinical Social Worker by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2005. Anita received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arizona and graduated with honors. Immediately after[…]

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[…]

Program Manager- Cindy Plotnikoff

Cindy started her journey in the healthcare field working and attending school in Vancouver, Canada. In 2001, she and her family moved to Calabasas, California. She left the pharmacy profession and pursued a career in holistic health care earning licenses as both a Holistic Nutrition Counselor as well as a Massage Therapist and Reiki Master.[…]

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- 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[…]

Residential Technician- Bibiana Munoz

Bibiana was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She is attending college and majoring in sociology. She is passionate about helping those in need of support. In addition, she is determined to be part of the positive transformation of clients who go through Milestones Ranch.

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[…]

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[…]

Operations Manager- Lorena Quiroz

Lorena Quiroz grew up in Los Angeles with an amazing family. Her mother and father instilled a great work ethic and accountability for responsibilities. After High School she attended LAVC and earned her Associates Degree. Shortly after she got married and had two daughters; Abigail and Iris. They are now 5 and 3 and her best life accomplishment thus far. Through her[…]

Administrative Assistant- Ashley Ermey

Ashley was born and raised in California. She currently resides in Ventura County with her dog, Grey. Ashley graduated from Newbury Park High School in 2010 and went straight into Moorpark College and a full time job. Ashley is very passionate about helping others. She has worked with adults with developmental disabilities, senior citizens, animals and[…]

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[…]