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[…]

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- Debbie Briem, LMFT

Debbie Briem, MA, LMFT holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is licensed by the state of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has training in chemical dependency counseling through UCLA. She is EMDR trained and is currently completing a doctoral degree. Debbie has over 26 years of experience working in dual[…]

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 Tabbanella, C.HT

Joe Tabbanella 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[…]

EMDR Therapist- Debbie Cohen, LMFT

Debbie Cohen has a double master’s degree in psychology and art therapy.  She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working both in private practice and in residential treatment. Her long history of working in residential treatment settings has led to her specialization in trauma and addiction work. She blends traditional psychotherapy with Art Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and EMDR.[…]

EMDR Therapist- Anita Kaplan, LCSW

Anita Kaplan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker  and has been licensed since 2005.  After graduating with Honors from The University of Arizona, she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Southern California in 2002.  She is a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist and also a Licensed Alcohol[…]

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist- Maral Safarians, MS, RDN

Maral Safarians, MS, RDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She earned her Masters of Science in Nutritional Science from California State University of Los Angeles. She earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles. Maral incorporates her passions for food, cultures, cooking, and teaching when running nutrition groups and individual counseling.[…]

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- Jessica Martindale, AMFT

For over 15 years, Jessica Martindale has been studying, researching, and helping humans find emotional freedom, through working to increase their connection to themselves and others. After receiving her Bachelors in Cognitive Sciences from UC Irvine, Jessica used her clinical knowledge to write and sing songs in Nashville, TN for over seven years. Her job[…]

Group Facilitator- Sara Daoud, M.A., CHWC

Sara has a sincere passion and gift for listening and providing healing to those suffering from all walks of life. She is a Wellcoaches certified Personal Health and Wellness coach as well as a graduate from Stanford University earning her B.A in Human Biology and an M.A. in Religious Studies. She is a certified Yoga[…]

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 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.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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 17 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[…]