Sean Firtel

Sean Firtel


Ian Depew, WCRC

Ian Depew

Vice President

Katie Lafler, MFTI

Katie Lafler, LMFT

Program Director


Hanna Hanson, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor


Gary Crite, Jr.

Program Manager


Hunter Glaum, CAADE



Evan Chodzko

Admissions Director

Dr Christian Small

Dr. Christian Small

Clinical Director

Brandon Merson

Brandon Merson

Director of Operations


Eddie Rojas



Dr. Wendy Wiehl

Group Facilitator


David Thurman, MFTI


Hanna Ashton

Hannah Ashton, MA, PCCI


Adjunct Services

Barbara Seymour, Acupuncturist

Barbara Seymour, LAc is an acupuncturist in private practice in Solana Beach, CA. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Barbara spent 9 years studying and living in China and Japan. Acupuncture has been a life-long study and she has a passion for educating and empowering her patients and students with information she has gathered through years of experience in the study and practice of Asian Medicine.

Madison Nees – Art Therapy

Madison has made it her mission to bring the healing that she personally found with art into facilities all over San Diego. Madison currently studies at Radical Aliveness Core Energetics Institute, a body based psychotherapy program and brings the aspects of spirituality and the wisdom of the body into all her groups. Madison feels most alive when guiding others to find the creative power that is within all of us. She gets great satisfaction from intuitively sensing others’ needs and helping them overcome their creative blocks.

Andy Laub – Mindfulness/Meditation, Contemplative Photography

Andy joyfully leads mindfulness training and sound meditations for the clients at West Coast Recovery Center. He has assisted in teaching the Mindfulness -based Stress Recovery course at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine for eleven years. Andy is a Certified Tea Master, Healing Touch practitioner, and facilitates over forty sound healing meditations a year. His most recent volunteer work includes serving Nepalese earthquake relief, and teaching meditation techniques to recovery related organizations. He is a proud father and has over a decade of solid sobriety.

Brandon Parkhurst – Rock to Recovery

Brandon Parkhurst is a singer/songwriter from San Diego. He has been the key songwriter for Kut U Up and Yovee for over 15 years as well as toured with Green Day, Blink 182 and Jimmy Eat World. Brandon has written scores for many surf and skate films in the action sports industry premiered around the world for Fuel TV and ESPN. He also starred in the documentary “Riding in Vans With Boys”, a full length film about life on the road of an arena tour. Brandon had fun with the party life style until it finally caught up with him in 2008. He was resistant to recovery in the beginning because he was under the impression that he needed to be “loaded” in order to create good music. Since getting sober, he has spent his time starting a new band, Sister Juanita. His hopes are that this shows artists also struggling with the same impression, that it is possible to be inspired without the use of any substance. Brandon learned through this struggle that a spiritual life is the groundwork for true creation.

Daniel Grab – Music Therapy, Cello

As a private cello teacher in Southern California, Daniel has worked with beginning students through college graduates. His students have performed with local orchestras, and have won scholarships to such programs as Crossroads School, Center Stage Strings, and Aspen Music Festival.

In Summer of 2014, Daniel was on the cello faculty at Luzerne Music Center in upstate New York. There, he performed chamber music with principal players of the Sarasota Orchestra, solo- ist and music center president Elizabeth Pitcairn, and assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Michelle Kim. Holding a bachelor degree and graduate certificate from the University of Southern California, and master’s from California State University Northridge, Daniel has studied under the nation’s finest teachers including Ron Leonard, and Eleonore Schoenfeld.

At West Coast Recovery Centers Daniel’s weekly cello group session provides a relaxed environment where clients can get their hands on a cello and learn some basic techniques, including the fundamentals of reading music (which is not as complicated as most people think!), hear live performances by Daniel and the occasional visiting musician, and gain a deeper understanding of classical stringed instruments – in an intimate, casual atmosphere of a music appreciation based model.

Amir Karkouti, Transformative Coach

Amir Karkouti is a transformative coach, owner of a San Diego based chain of restaurants, author of numerous titles, including Do NOTHING To Get EVERY- THING, Lessons From My Coach, and Happiness Formula. He has spent over ten years as an adviser, mentor, and coach to Fortune 500 CEO’s, military men/ women, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. From his personal and professional experiences working with a range of clients, he has discovered that we all have the capacity for innate well-being. He lives in Carlsbad, and can be found spending time with his beautiful wife, French Bull- dog, and the world’s smallest and cutest coach; his daughter, Aria.

Renee Kohn, M.A.

A Recovery Coach and Professional Improv Comedian. Yep, that’s Renee. She took her two passions, personal transformation and comedy and created an interactive experiential workshop, HEALING THROUGH HUMOR. Renee teaches the clients fun improv comedy games that connect to powerful recovery skills and life lessons. The clients laugh, connect to their bodies, enjoy the art of PLAY….and walk away with deeper self-awareness, empowerment, and recovery tools. Renee has a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Renee studied at The Groundlings Improv School and performed for more than a decade with National Comedy Theatre’s Main Stage Company in San Diego.

Multiple adjunct provider’s facilitate gender-specific yoga sessions at our Outpatient facility in Carlsbad, CA.

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