Our Staff

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    Tipu V. Khan, M.D., FAAFP
    Medical Director of Detoxification Services

    Doctor Tipu is a board certified Family Physician and board eligible Addiction Specialist. As a primary care provider, he understands the complexity of addiction and how it interacts with all aspects of health. He completed an obstetrics fellowship and has a special interest in addiction during pregnancy and is the county’s only pregnancy addiction specialist. He firmly believes in the science of addiction and in treating the whole person rather than simply medicating and thus truly believes in the full spectrum care Changing Tides offers. He is on numerous addiction leadership committees in the county and state. Doctor Tipu is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and core faculty at the prestigious Ventura County Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Training Program where he is training the next generation of doctors in full spectrum primary care and addiction.
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    Dr. Litos Mallare, MD

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    David Kerrigan, Ph.D., LCSW
    Clinical Director

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    Dr. Al Bright, Ph.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist(LMFT)

    Al is a graduate of California State University and International College with an M.A. in Experimental Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In addition to his counseling commitments, he has a broad range of experience supporting people’s other needs, including over 10 years as an Instructor at ITT Tech University, Oxnard and currently as a pianist/entertainer and support group leader for various, local Assisted Senior Living facilities.
    He has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 11638) since 1985 currently in private practice in Ventura County.
    He specializes in Men’s issues, including addiction, PTSD, gender identity, self-esteem, and the challenges of communicating intimately in relationships. Trained in Transactional Analysis combined with Gestalt therapy and CBT, he is particularly attuned to both the tender and tough parts of the personality that are so often out of awareness, as well as the Child part of us all that yearns to be successfully self-guided through adulthood.
    Depending on suitability, he also uses various body therapy techniques such as Reichian Therapy, Lowen’s Bioenergetics, and Polarity therapies to assist clients in bringing painful and repressed memory into the light of awareness and integration.
    He is currently engaged in increasing his clinical tool chest by studying, hypnosis,EMDR and other Energy Psychology modalities. At the core of his practice he feels privileged to serve diverse people struggling to improve their lives.
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    Lilla SSK Khalsa, MA

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    Susan Kelejian
    Executive Director

    Susan Kelejian, MSW, ACSW has worked in affiliation with the following treatment centers as a Specialized Therapist and Lead Clinician: Infinity Treatment Centers, AVIVA, Breathe Life Healing Center, Veteran’s Administration, Children Our Are Future, and The Help Group. As an Executive, she has assisted several non-profit and private organizations with business strategies, fund raising, and development with firms in law, architecture, arts and entertainment, placement services, human services, and animal assisted therapies. Susan is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Theater), Goddard College, (Interdisciplinary Arts: Writing and Mysticism), and USC (Masters of Social Work.) In addition, Ms. Kelejian is an adjunct professor, a published and award winning writer, and a professional equestrian. Affiliations: NASW, Dramatists Guild, AEA, PATH Intl., ARIA. Susan’s sobriety date is April 1st, 1990.
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    Trina Medina (McPherson)
    Program Director

    Trina McPherson Medina has been working in the field of substance abuse for almost 3 years now. She graduated the addiction studies program at ICDC College with honors in 2014. Trina is a certified substance abuse counselor with California Consortium of Addictions Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and a certified Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) facilitator from the Correctional Counseling Inc. of Los Angeles. During that time she has gained experience working with a variety of environments including being a substance abuse counselor in an outpatient program contracted by the criminal justice assisting with reintegrating back into society, group facilitator in the Todd Road Jail facility, working in women’s programming including gender specific needs and as a substance abuse counselor at residential facilities. Trina has long term recovery and a passion to help others recover, she flourishes to build therapeutic relations and loves to watch addicts/alcoholics grow and transition to a better life.
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    Scot Spitler, RAS, CATC
    Lead Counselor

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    Stephanie Dains
    Co-founder, Director Of Clinical Outreach Client Advocate

    Stephanie Dains joined the Changing Tides Treatment team early in 2016. She comes from a client relations background, previously working for large corporations, including Move Inc., also known as Realtor.com and Citicorp. She now brings her client relations expertise to Changing Tides Treatment. Through her own personal journey of recovery, Stephanie discovered her true calling and has now devoted her professional career to helping other individuals on their path of recovery. She is passionate about the treatment process and committed to helping others.In addition, she is completing her coursework in Addiction Disorder Studies and will soon be a State Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor specializing in addiction treatment.
    During her time away from Changing Tides, Stephanie stays busy with her three children and enjoys spending time with her family. Her hobbies include: the beach, paddle boarding and Cross Fit.
    Stephanie is excited to be a part of a team who strive to transform struggling lives into ones which are hopeful, healthy and fulfilling.
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    Crystal Coke
    Client Representative

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    Berkeley Dains CATC III, CIP, BS

    Berkeley Dains (The Detox Guy) is a California State Certified, Level 3 Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC III), a nationally Certified Mental Health and Addictions Interventionist (CIP) and holds a BS in Psychology. He is a current student in the Amen Clinic’s Masters Healthy Brain Program where he is learning about the neuro- biological  effects of addiction on the brain and how to reverse those effects by implementing targeted treatments designed specifically to treat the deficiencies caused by traumatic brain injury and drug dependence.
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    Mariah Ingram-Pflaumer
    Yoga/Meditation Therapist

    Mariah discovered her first yoga class over 20 years ago as a teenager and enjoyed the body, mind, spirit wholeness it brought into her life, and felt a spiritual and healing energy when moving her body. After a back injury in 1997, which caused her constant chronic pain, Mariah decided it was time for change and made health and wellness her profession and passion. She received her first certification as a fitness trainer in 2004, and has gone on to receive training and certifications in Body Work, Massage Therapy, Oriental Studies, Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting and Crossfit, NIA, Yoga Teacher (RYT), Prana Flow, and Prison Yoga.

    Mariah found that Yoga incorporates all of what she’s most passionate about, growing spiritually, helping others, and taking care of our body and mind so that we can live a long and energetic life. She is excited and dedicated in sharing the joy she has found in life, and in yoga with others. Mariah has spent many years on a path of healing, and has incorporated the 12 step program into her life for over 20 years. As she continues to grow, she is grateful to her teachers, spiritual advisors, mentors, family and friends. She is determined to always remain a student and continue to learn from those around her and the teacher that lies within.

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    LouAnn “Lou” Thomas
    Executive Assistant

    Lou received her BA in business administration from Doane University in 1986. She received an Associate Degree in para-legalism in 1991 and a culinary certificate in 1999.
    After 10 years working as a chef and 5 years as an executive pastry chef, Lou decided to leave the culinary world behind to begin a new adventure at Changing Tides. Being in recovery herself, Lou is pleased to be working for a center dedicated to helping others achieve sobriety and get their lives back on track.
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    Nathan Holden
    Yoga Therapist

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    The Yoga Channel
    Yoga Therapy Affiliates