Wildwood Recovery Staff

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Walter Thomas, MD

A.S.A.M. F.A.A.F.P.
Addiction Medicine

Dr Walter Thomas is board certified in both Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine. He was a member of the first group of physicians to pass the original certification exam offered by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr Thomas has served as medical director for numerous hospital based and residental treatment centers. He has lectured extensively to both medical professionals and patients on the treatment of addictive diseases. He is currently the chairman of the physician well-being committee in both local hospitals. Dr Thomas’s extensive foundation of knowledge and over 30 years of experience provide an innovative approach to the field of chemical dependency that provides life changing outcomes.

Lucille C. Thomas MD

Lucille C Thomas MD

AAFP, ASAM
Family Medicine/Addiction Medicine

Dr Lucille Thomas began working with her father 6 years ago treating patients with addiction. She found this work so rewarding, she went on to become certified by The American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr Thomas is also residency trained and Board certified in Family Medicine. She has worked extensively in numerous rehab facilities. Dr Thomas brings her unique style of detailed patient care to Wildwood Recovery medical team providing care and evaluations.

Jason Aaronson

Clinical Program Director
BA, CATC III

Jason Aaronson is a certified addiction treatment counselor (CAT-C III/CAADE) with extensive experience in most clinical, operational, administrative, billing/insurance aspects of care. He employs a working knowledge spanning throughout residential, outpatient and detoxification evidence based, socially modeled dual diagnosis programs. Jason has formerly worked in five other well-established programs. Most recently, Jason worked as Director of Operations in addition to facilitating daily family, couples, individual and group therapeutic sessions. Jason is well versed in JCAHO compliance measures; developing, writing and implementing policies and procedures and utilization reviews for billing and insurance purposes. Although, he thoroughly enjoys the administrative aspects of substance abuse and mental health treatment, necessary to ethically and efficiently providing a high quality standard of care, Jason’s true passion comes in the form of one on one interactions with clients. In addition to obtaining a B.A in psychology with an emphasis on addiction studies, Jason is currently completing Graduate school. His major lies within the clinical psychology, trauma specialization-Marriage and Family Therapist program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Jason emphatically expresses his excitement and passion towards his craft as indicative by his dedication and incredibly strong work ethic. He strives to further his professional base in this field, working directly with clients who struggle daily with substance abuse, mental health, chronic pain, trauma and eating disorder related symptoms and issues. Jason prides himself on a willingness to learn and grow, always yearning to expound upon his exposure to new concerns arising in this field. Jason intends on being an integral part of the Wildwood recovery clinical and administrative team for years to come.

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 Allie Levy-Akoka, M.S., LMFT

Allie Levy-Akoka is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She earned her Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Allie’s previous experience includes working as a therapist at a counselling clinic where she provided individual, couples, and family therapy to clients diagnosed with a variety of presenting problems including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Allie has a private practice in which she provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. Allie’s interpersonal, empathetic, and collaborative skills have accompanied her passion and focus to provide psychotherapy and support to individuals with chemical dependencies at Wildwood Recovery.

Romy Karz Rapoport, Yoga Instructor

Romy a former professional ballerina with The New York City Ballet. She became a yoga student in the 80’s, studying Hatha Yoga with Julio Horvath, inventor of Gyrotnics. After the birth of her son in 1996 she grew passionate about the Birth Experience. She became a Childbirth Educator, Lactation Specialist and Labor Doula to serve pregnant couples on their journey into parenthood. Romy began studying Kundalini Yoga in 2007 and feel in love with the ease and effectiveness of it as a tool for transforming life in challenging times. She certified with Gurmuhk Khalsa at Los Angeles studio, Golden Bridge Yoga, and teaches in Malibu. Romy is thrilled and honored to be a part of Wildwood Recovery. She is passionate about sharing her yoga practice and the science of Kundalini Yoga for stress reduction, body-mind connection and optimal relaxation as a means for healing and coping in daily life.

Tracy Opp CATC, C.A.A.D.E

Tracy is CATC ll licensed and CAADE certified, working in the addictions field since 1995. Tracy graduated from UCSB cert prog in 1993. She was hired in 1998 by PDAP of Ventura County as a CATC for the intensive Supervision Juvenile probation dept, serving probation and entrenched gang population until 2011 when she was offered head counselor position at A Community Recovery Center. It was during this time that Tracy launched her equine assisted counseling services. Tracy runs groups at A Wildwood Recovery, as well as a weekly equine assisted therapy program to benefit the clients in their recovery.Tracy owns her own horses, and lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband and two daughters.

Christina Huntington, Initiated Meditator

Christina Huntington has been an initiated meditator for 18 years, first learning from her mother who was a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Over the years, Christina has studied many different techniques, including Paramahansa Yogananda’s Kriya Yoga, several forms of Mindfulness, energy healing, & anxiety and stress management. Through private teaching, Christina has developed a meditation program that is grounded and accessible, allowing clients to tune into their own inner voice and guidance while gaining the tools to make empowered choices.

Craig Dockendor, C.O.O.

Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Sonoma State University. He went on to receive his MBA from San Francisco State University. Craig has been working in the medical field for over 10 years. He brings his organization skills and management to the smooth operation of Wildwood Recovery.
 

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Sarah Nicholson Flores, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Sarah Nicholson Flores is a licensed marriage family therapist. She earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology at California State University Northridge in 2004.  She spent 7 years practicing treatment for eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder at both outpatient and residential levels of care.  Her approach explores the adaptive functions of eating disorders and uses this to inform an individualized treatment approach.  Letting go of emotional dependence on drugs or alcohol is often a scary process and can lead many in early recovery from substance abuse to turn to food or exercise, switching one addiction for another.  It is Sarah’s passion to help people develop a loving relationship with their body and a balanced approach to food.

Charlotte Turvey

Charlotte Turvey, MA, CATC-IV

Program Director, IOP
Charlotte holds a Master’s degree from California State University Northridge where she studied the socio-cultural issues related to addiction disorders as well examined how social model treatment can be tailored to suit those from various spiritual and multicultural backgrounds. She is currently the Program Director for Wildwood Recovery Intensive Outpatient Services. Charlotte is passionate about mental health and wellness and offers a compassionate approach toward healing.

Kim Garnica

Kim Garnica
Head Counselor – C.A.A.D.E. Certified, CATC 1

Kim began working at a Wildwood Recovery in 2014 as an Intern Counselor. She graduated with honors from Oxnard College where her educational focus was in the Addictive Disorders Studies Program. In addition to the ADS program she also earned certificates of training in Domestic Violence, Trauma, Treatment of Adolescents, Group Leadership, Advanced Counselling Skills & Managing and Supervising Alcohol & Drug Programs. Kim’s passion is to help people that struggle with addiction. She is a proud mother of three and has two very special grandchildren.

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Ron Borczon, MT-BC

Ron Borczon, MT-BC, founded the Music Therapy Department at Cal State Northridge in 1984. After more than 30 years, Ron remains Director of the program, one of only two in the State of California. He is also the founder and Director of the Music Therapy Wellness Clinic at Cal State Northridge.