The Canyon Team
The Canyon team is dedicated to your lasting recovery. Read more about The Canyon team members below. If you or a loved one has an addiction, contact us at 424.465.5182 today to speak to one of the members of the compassionate The Canyon Staff.
Joel Morris, MD
Though he hails from New England, Dr. Joel Morris completed his schooling in the Midwest, which included extended training in geriatrics and forensic psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Morris studied acupuncture in New Zealand and China, which he continues to practice. His work with a diverse group of cultures has deepened his understanding and empathy for others. Throughout his psychiatric career, he has worked with people struggling with addiction within inpatient, residential and outpatient settings. In addition to psychopharmacological, he supports the individual to co-create their own life with a strength focus. He believes that to create a ground where addiction no longer has deep roots, one needs to bring in elements of creativity, transcendence, and the possibility of rewriting one’s own narrative. The Chinese symbol for crisis is the same for opportunity. In the same way, each addiction crisis brings about the possibility to deepen and change one’s life in a more meaningful and self-directed way. Additionally, Dr. Morris believes that it is the practitioner’s responsibility to be a model and vehicle for change, meeting the client in dialogue, compassion, and patience.
Antonio is a US Army Veteran with a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management. Through his own personal struggles with addiction and mental health, Antonio has devoted his life to giving back and making a difference in the lives of others. He has served as a volunteer at several local nonprofit organizations, where he has been able to share his positive message, sense of humor, and knowledge to help others on their journey to lasting sobriety.
Dr. David Campbell DSW, MA, LMFT
David comes to The Canyon at Santa Monica with over a decade of experience in both mental health and addiction treatment with adults. As a former professional and one-time World Champion athlete, David hurt his back in competition and subsequently developed an addiction to his prescribed pain medication. After completing his own stay in treatment, David discovered both meaning and purpose in helping others navigate the complex path to recovery and walked away from a prestigious J.D./M.B.A program to focus on psychology full-time. After completing his Master’s in Psychology, David entered The University of Southern California’s Doctor of Social Work program and graduated with honors.
Driven by an insatiable thirst for knowledge, “Dr. Dave” immerses himself in extensive reading and research, constantly seeking ways to maximize successful treatment outcomes and dismantle barriers to accessing quality care. His genuine passion for the art of therapeutic practice and profound empathy allows him to forge powerful, authentic, and deeply meaningful relationships with his clients while delivering the highest quality of evidence-based care.
Today, he stands as an esteemed advocate for recovery and social change and brings his years of academic expertise and real-world application to The Canyon at Santa Monica. Driven by an unyielding passion and an unshakeable belief in the potential for personal transformation, David remains resolute in his mission to empower individuals on their journey to recovery and leads them towards a life filled with purpose, meaning, and self-respect.
Lee Konecke, LMFT
Lee is a psychotherapist and performance coach in Los Angeles who has also worked in the recovery community for over 15 years.
Grounded in both western and eastern psychologies, Lee sees his primary work as helping people see who they are beyond their conditioned thought and to use that power and loving nature to create something great in the world.
Some of the modalities that Lee uses are EMDR, brainspotting, breathwork, meditation, “The Work” by Byron Katie, and ACT therapy.
Grant Overmire, LMFT
Grant grew up in Los Angeles and feels at peace when he’s by the beach. He has worked in various mental health settings for over nine years, with a specialty focus on substance abuse in the early part of his career. Grant feels the increase in mainstream exposure to mental wellness and substance abuse issues has helped improve the stigma surrounding treatment and hopes his work will contribute to that momentum. Grant utilizes techniques from cognitive behavior therapy and identifies strongly with the fundamental tenets of Gestalt therapy, which focus on the here and now. Grant structures his treatment with these principles in mind and believes everyone can change the plot in their “story” at any given time.
Lara Lisbe, LCSW
Lara Lisbe is a licensed clinical social worker who received her master’s degree in social work from the University of South Florida in 2009. She has been practicing as a clinician for more than a decade. She has worked with both children and adults as an individual and group psychotherapist at every level of care, including private practice, intensive outpatient, residential, and inpatient psychiatric settings.
As a clinical social worker, Lara treats each individual from a “person in environment” perspective, considering a range of individual and contextual factors that contribute to well-being while empowering her clients to hone their innate strengths and improve resilience. Her therapeutic style is action-oriented and honest while leaving space for self-exploration and growth in a warm and nurturing environment.
Lara is passionate about addressing and treating the intersection of trauma, mental health challenges, and substance use. She has specialized training in acceptance and commitment therapy, the Trauma Resiliency Model, The Meadows’ Post Induction Therapy, and attachment-focused EMDR.
Kim Gibson, LPCC
Kim Gibson is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and a registered art therapist (ATR) and has been working with clients since 2001. Kim’s clients have described her as creative, kind, resourceful, and effective. She is a strengths-based therapist and has training in art therapy, trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy, ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), dialectical behavioral therapy skills, and mindfulness. Using her training and experience, Kim enjoys helping clients overcome challenges, build healthier relationships, and learn coping tools for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, chronic pain, and everyday stress.
Honey Dubrovsky, LMFT
Honey Dubrovsky is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of individuals and couples struggling with challenges related to attachment, relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, LGBTQ issues, and substance misuse. Honey combines all aspects of cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Client-Centered Therapy. She also uses a variety of techniques in therapy to identify exactly what will work best for her clients.
Andrew Wasser, LMFT
Andrew Wasser is a mindfully based marriage family therapist where his approach to Psychotherapy is helping his clients to discover and process their unhealthy patterns and find new ways to change or alter them. Andrew has several years of diversified experience and specializes in families, couples, and individuals with addiction, divorce, parenting, and family crisis issues. He has worked at several psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities throughout California. Andrew’s out-of-the-box approach to therapy has led to many unique and helpful projects. Combining surfing and meditation, Andrew developed a life-changing program for numerous clients.
Gary Berghoudian, PsyD
Dr. Gary Berghoudian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine. He then went on to earn his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. His internship and postdoctoral experiences include serving as an individual, family, and group therapist, psychological assistant, intake specialist, case manager, and clinical coordinator of outpatient services. His experience spans multiple settings, including middle and high school, community college, inpatient hospital, intensive outpatient programs, and private practice. Dr. Gary is a clinical professional who has a genuine passion for improving the lives of individuals in need of mental health and substance abuse services. He truly enjoys helping his clients learn to be comfortable with who they are. During his spare time, he enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, playing basketball, caring for his saltwater aquarium, and spending quality time with his family.
Hyim Ross, LMFT
Hyim J Ross, LMFT, is a licensed therapist. Hyim has traveled the world and spent a lot of time abroad engaging in learning music (he is a musician with many albums and works to his credit), as well as studying healing from different perspectives. Hyim focuses a lot of attention on the biology of emotional regulation and trauma by helping clients understand how neuroscience plays a role in both sustaining trauma-informed behavior (like addiction) as well as holds many keys to healing. Hyim grew up in Oakland, California, and attended public schools and credits this experience as well as traveling with his greatest of educations. “I believe in social justice and helping heal a world that is quickly changing and evolving. That requires that people are well versed in skills for emotional regulation so they can focus on doing the good work in the world and not allow their own maladaptive behavior to get in the way of that larger healing.”
Casey Strenski, LMFT
Casey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families thrive with a holistic psychological approach specializing in trauma, anxiety, relationships, depression, and mood disorders. Utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive/brain-based, somatic, and client-focused therapeutic modalities combined with Eastern-based practices such as mindfulness and yoga, Casey helps her clients create change. Casey has worked in diverse settings with individuals struggling with chronic mental illness in inpatient hospital facilities and underserved families through non-profit programs and private practice. Through compassion, empathy, and a warm therapeutic connection, Casey empowers her clients to reach their highest potential.
Michelle King, LMFT
Michelle is passionate about working with individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders and has had experience in the field since 2009. She practices EMDR therapy and uses a humanistic therapeutic approach that integrates cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. She has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Master’s in Education from USC. With warmth, kindness, and compassion, Michelle works closely with her clients to support them through all the steps of healing and learning to cope with addiction, helping them maintain sobriety and achieve the goal of creating lasting change in their lives.
Hannah Bonaparte, LCSW
Hannah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with my Master’s degree from the University of California Los Angeles. She has spent many years working in IOP treatment centers working with hundreds of adults struggling to free themselves from the hurt, loneliness, longing, and despair that pushed them to escape into drugs and alcohol. Hannah’s work with clients in individual therapy draws from her years of experience in the addiction field. Building trust comes first. After that, her approach is to calm your mind and body using evidence-based techniques from somatic and mindfulness-based therapies and the world of Attachment Theory.
Holly Forman, LMFT
Holly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that deeply believe that we all have an inner wisdom and an innate ability to heal. She is there to be your guide and to help you find and reconnect with your Self. Clients have said that Holly is relatable, genuine, non-judgmental, and creates a safe, caring environment. She is here to hold the space for you to share your inner most thoughts, pain, fears, doubts, and together guide you through and out of the traumas from your past.
Emily Ehrens, LCSW
Michael Pezzullo, LMFT
Clinical Coordinator/Case Manager
Dennis comes from a diverse background, primarily from the nonprofit sector. He began his studies in Political Science and Studio Art, two subjects that have inspired his journey for healing from the devastations of war in his country. His passion to work for underserved and marginalized communities has led him all over the world, from Union campaigns in NY to mentorship work in India and volunteer stints in major parts of SE Asia. He possesses personal knowledge within the recovery community ranging from sober living management to detox and residential care support. He offers his services as an Akashics Reader, Reiki Master, Sound Healing Practitioner, and Chakra Balancing Certified Coach with a holistic approach. His goal is to help others regenerate the body and mind in order to reconnect with the Spirit for a purposeful recovery.
Rachel Wallis, CADC
Rachel was born and raised in the vibrant city of Los Angeles, CA. From an early age, her boundless ambition and passion for soccer propelled her towards a transformative journey to Israel at age 17, where she honed her skills alongside the renowned Haifa Women’s team. Her relentless pursuit of excellence led her to push her limits even further, as she embarked on a unique training experience with the esteemed Israeli Defense Forces.
However, Rachel’s path was not without its challenges. Confronted with her own personal battle against addiction, she fearlessly confronted her demons and committed herself to a journey of recovery that commenced in 2016. This pivotal experience ignited an unwavering dedication to personal growth, prompting Rachel to delve into various fields of study. It was within the realm of grief and loss, however, that Rachel discovered her deepest calling.
Rachel’s profound dedication, genuine care, and nurturing demeanor infuse her case management sessions with an unmatched level of compassion. Her unwavering devotion to helping her clients is a testament to her intrinsic calling and focused sense of purpose. With each step she takes, Rachel forges an indelible path towards academic excellence and self-improvement, empowering both herself and those around her to strive for greatness.
Megan is a yoga and meditation teacher and is passionate about sharing these practices with newly sober individuals. Yoga was instrumental in her ability to find longevity in her own sobriety and happiness in life. Very little brings her more joy than seeing the light turn on in clients as a result of these transformational practices.
Matt Bradford, RADT
Rock to Recovery
Matt Bradford quit playing piano in the fourth grade because he wanted to play guitar. At 16, he bought himself a guitar; playing it became his life’s passion. After high school, Matt attended the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles. He has worked in studios and been a studio musician for major label artists with Sony and Universal. He toured nationally with artists like Grizfolk and Sam Morrow. His last band, Adorable Addicts, broke up in 2010. That’s when he hit the road as a singer/songwriter in support of his four solo albums. He was on the road until late 2018 when he realized that touring was no longer the dream. A friend suggested Rock to Recovery.
Though he had tried to get sober on his own, Matt could not stay clean until he went to a 12-step meeting. After two years of self-will, he heard in the meeting that he had a problem. Finally, he had the missing piece. He hasn’t taken a drink or drug since that day in 2013. Matt now loves his work because he gets to play music without taking himself too seriously. He also enjoys watching people who are struggling open up and embrace their recovery. The feeling of connection he has in those moments is what the work is all about.
Nutrition in Recovery
Nutrition in Recovery is dedicated to the promotion of both physical and nutritional wellness as primary components of recovery from behavioral health challenges. We are a team of specialized registered dietitian nutritionists who work with challenging cases but also help many people who do not identify as being “in recovery.” We believe in the functional medicine approach which considers the entire dimension of wellness. Our work is “trauma-informed” as well as culturally sensitive, using an integrative biopsychosocial approach.
Ira Lane, CADC
Ira earned his Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University. He is a California State Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In his sixteenth year of personal recovery, Ira has been dedicated to his work in the recovery and mental health community. Ira has also worked as a recovery coach and sober companion over the past thirteen years.
Ira is a compassionate person and is dedicated to his work. His personal experiences in recovery led him to help others address alcoholism and drug addiction. Feeling very fortunate to work in the recovery community, Ira is grateful for the opportunity to assist and guide individuals in developing the necessary tools and life skills of empowerment, self-confidence, and the ability to change the trajectory of their lives to achieve long-term recovery.
In his free time, Ira likes golfing, skiing, hiking, and enjoying time with his family and friends.
Through her own backbreaking work of auditing what worked and what was holding her back from her highest purpose and joy, Fawna’s life goal became to help other’s find their own power and create empowered, meaningful lives in recovery. Whether in Beverly Hills or speaking to women in prison, Fawna is at home coaching, writing and building creative ways for people to recover.
Meaningful and motivating coaching and workshops to help others achieve what she herself, thought was only a dream. Fawna is here to offer her experience and knowledge so that everyone can life the life of their highest good and highest joy in and out of recovery.
Lisa Maslavi, CADC
Lisa is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CADC), specializing in substance abuse, and dual diagnosis treatment. She has been working in the field since 2016. Lisa utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Techniques (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques (CBT), Motivational Interviewing Methods, and Addiction Recovery. Lisa has her own journey through recovery and therefore has the ability to connect with clients, meeting them where they are.
Michaelis is a Recovery Coach with over 20 years of sobriety. After living in Bali for 7 years, Michaelis has dedicated his life to taking as many people as possible through the Recovery Principles using the process shown to him for the last 12 years. He wrote a book for non-addicts and non-alcoholics based on the recovery big book process and which a purpose of helping all people with the human condition/spiritual malady.
Recoveryfit is an expertly crafted group fitness program presented in alignment with the 12 principles of recovery. This innovative program elevates the emotional well-being of clients through activity, movement, and exercise, consequently increasing the chances of long-term recovery. Recoveryfit centers on the often-neglected and underrepresented physical component of recovery, providing the valuable tool of fitness for people struggling through the early months of the recovery process.
Safe and effective exercise is universally beneficial for all who do it; however, Recoveryfit’s comprehensive program is especially beneficial to those individuals seeking a life in recovery.
Rick Hagaman and his team have provided fitness and wellness services to individuals & corporate groups since 2006. He has utilized this success and experience, along with over 24 yrs. of active recovery, to create the Recoveryfit program.
Breathwork for Recovery
Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp, B.Msc, CADC-II, is President and Founder of Breathwork for Recovery and has worked as a professional healer for almost a decade. Using an arsenal of techniques with a special focus on breathwork, Nathaniel has helped thousands of people process trauma, disarm negative thought patterns, and maintain healthy and happy relationships with themselves and loved ones. Nathaniel’s client base ranges from those seeking relief from everyday anxiety to people suffering from severe emotional and physical trauma and desperate for help. His specialty includes working in addiction treatment facilities to help accelerate clients’ journey to recovery. Nathaniel was trained to facilitate breathwork professionally and has completed the David Elliott Healer Training series multiple times. He also is the founder of The Recovery Circle, a weekly support group led by trained breathwork professionals to offer an effective alternative to traditional 12-step programs.
Wendy Adamson, CADC-II
Wendy Adamson is a certified drug and alcohol counselor and a recovery coach. With over twenty-two years of personal recovery, Wendy has worked in the field for more than seventeen years. Also a dedicated philanthropist, Wendy has used her creative marketing and strategic planning to assist in the development of Hav A Sole, a charitable organization that delivers shoes to the homeless and less advantaged. She continues to serve as a founding board member for the charity. With a passion for writing, Wendy is a published author of many articles and is currently working on a book that chronicles her own extraordinary journey from despair to a life of recovery and hope.
BrainKanix was founded based on the experience they received from the benefits of Neurofeedback. After seeing the positive outcomes in their own lives with just a few sessions, they knew this was a powerful tool to share with the world. By developing mindset mastery, clients are able to unlock their best performance because they are not worried about the mechanics of what they are doing. Instead, clients are able to be present and confident in their ability to deliver results and perform at their best. From finding joy in the moment to winning championships, it is an honor for their team to witness the life-altering effects and positive outcomes with their clients.
Chris Howard has been working in the mental health field since 2010 after seeing the long-term effects of mental illness within his own family. He is a graduate of UCLA where he received his B.A. in Psychology. Having worked closely with those struggling with addiction, Chris considers the concept of community to be an essential part of treatment and advocates for wellness approaches that integrate both leading conventional therapies, as well as holistic practices like yoga and meditation.
Spiritual Direction and Counseling
Utilizing mindfulness, and incorporating a spiritual sensibility, Richard has developed a unique guided mindfulness meditation. Richard works with families, couples and individuals using his own life experience to bring thoughtful guidance, mindfulness, meditation and spiritual solution into daily living. In 2007 Richard released “A New Beginning” a half hour guided mindfulness meditation CD and in 2010 he released “In This Moment”, a CD including five individual meditations addressing the specific topics of anxiety, the positive self, and sleeplessness.
Marco Vizioli, STB/MDiv, CRC, CIP, RADT
Marco “Blitch” Vizioli is an interfaith substance abuse counselor, interventionist, lay chaplain, and graduate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas/ Angelicum in Rome, Italy. For the last 25 years, Blitch has worked with addicts and alcoholics in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, Vienna, Zurich, and Rome. His clients have included monks, diplomats, sports and entertainment figures, and CEOs. He claims that an experience of the Divine is available to anyone who desires one, regardless of background.
Mind Body Spirit Integration
As a result of imbalances caused by a stressful lifestyle, limiting belief systems, and negative thought and behavior patterns, we tend to prevent ourselves from tapping into our own innate Joy. As a certified healing touch practitioner, Daniel facilitates clients in reconnecting them to their own inherent clarity, wisdom, and balance. Daniel utilizes various hands-on healing techniques to open, balance, re-align and reconnect the clients’ entire chakra system. Daniel also addresses a full spectrum of conditions, from common afflictions such as sadness, depression, feelings of powerlessness, fear, and low self-esteem, to more acute physical disorders such as PTSD, disordered eating, and addictions.
Sadie has an extensive history of customer service and administrative roles. She earned a BFA at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and brings creative problem-solving to The Canyon at Santa Monica. She works closely with each client to ensure a smooth admission process and experience during their programming. Her hobbies include cooking, going on hikes, and watching the newest movie release.