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[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist- Shelby Bublitz, RDN

Shelby was raised by a family of educators and earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Channel Islands where her focus was teaching and learning. She is driven by her experience that most of us learn by doing. Her love of traveling, culture, food, and science led her to the field of Dietetics. Shelby graduated[…]

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- 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- 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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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- 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[…]