Professional Team

The Beacon House employs a team of highly skilled professionals specializing in the field of recovery. Our licensed and certified clinicians and nurses are trained in the treatment of addiction, operating at a staff-to-patient ratio of almost 2-1, ensuring the highest quality care for all our clients.

Our well-rounded interdisciplinary team includes: addictionologist, psychologists, support technicians, chemical dependency counselors, marriage and family therapists, experiential specialists, holistic providers, yoga instructors, exercise and nutrition specialists, as well as an executive chef. This team approach supports treating the whole person; mind, body and spirit.

Our addiction treatment specialists represent a wide array of areas including but not limited to: detoxification; medication management; diagnostic testing, individual and group therapies, mood management, cognitive therapy, mindfulness, family dynamics, spiritual growth, meditation skills, and assimilation into 12-Step work, paving the way for transition after treatment.

Our holistic specialists teach and facilitate health and wellness as an integral part of life long recovery. Yoga and meditation classes, as well as nutrition and exercise programs support the importance of the mind and body connection in the recovery process.

Our experiential treatment specialists focus on reinforcing the principles of recovery with authentic experiences. Equine-assisted growth and learning at private stables, yoga and meditation classes with our certified practitioners, as well as golf and recovery experiences allow our clients the opportunity to experience “real life” situations in a supportive setting without the use of alcohol or drugs.

 

Phyllis Meagher, MBA, CADC, CEDS

Phyllis Meagher, MBA, CADAC, CEDS Executive Director/CEO

Phyllis has over 30 years experience in the addiction and mental health treatment field. Her wealth of experience includes successful creation and implementation of addiction treatment components working alongside cutting-edge leaders in many areas including behavioral, medical, traditional 12-Step, experiential services such as equine assisted growth and learning, holistic services such as acupuncture, massage and yoga, as well as neuroscience and addiction.

"We sought out Phyllis to lead the Beacon House into the next century because of her extraordinary accomplishments in the field and her superlative leadership skills. Phyllis has an absolute commitment to see that the quality of treatment our clients receive is the finest anywhere in the world at competitive prices. This is the Beacon House mission. Her ability to recruit and lead a team of esteemed doctors and clinical professionals inspires us all."
- Guy Riina, Chairman of the Board

She has held a wide range of clinical and executive positions in hospitals, residential facilities, outpatient clinics as well as managed care companies; specializing in alcohol and other drug addictions, psychiatric disorders, eating disorders and chronic pain treatment. She has a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Personnel Management, as well as a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.

Dana M. Evans, LMFT

Dana M. Evans, LMFTRegional Director of Clinical Outreach

Dana has been working in the addiction and mental health field for 15 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Claremont Colleges and Master’s Degree from Bethany University, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dana also attended Alliant International University, where she received additional postgraduate training.

Dana has worked with a wide range of clients and families in hospital settings, residential care facilities and social service agencies and has been an integral member of the Beacon House team for nearly a decade. Most recently she held the position of Director of Assessment & Referral, Community Relations and Utilization Review at Beacon House. She has extensive experience in primary treatment of addictive disorders, case management, cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention and co-occurring disorders. In addition Dana managed the implementation of integrating an electronic health records system at Beacon House, as well as facilitating their family program.

Dana recently moved to the mid-west and currently represents Beacon House as the Regional Director of Clinical Outreach. Her dedication and love for the Beacon House is inspiring and her belief in their mission shines through.

"When I called the Beacon House it was different than the other centers I spoke with. Dana listened to me and really understood what I was going through. She talked about other choices and shot straight with me on what the Beacon House was like rather than give me a big sales pitch. I felt comfortable with her and have come to know her during my stay. She is very honest and genuinely interested in my best interests." Former Client’s experience with Dana

Bryan McAlister, LVN

Bryan McAlister, LVNManager Support Technicians

Bryan received his nurse training in 1986 from United States Air Force School of Health Care Science in Wichita Falls, Texas. A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Bryan relies on his physical assessment knowledge he gained through working in the field as a Medic and Emergency Room Nurse. He has vast experience in all aspects of nursing including the field of addiction. Bryan has been at the Beacon House for over seven years and works closely with our Medical Director.

Sonia Blue, LMFT

Sonia Blue, LMFTPrimary Counselor

Sonia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience. A graduate of Antioch University with her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Sonia provided therapeutic services to individuals, teens and families focusing on anxiety, depression, impaired relations and addictions in a variety of clinical settings for 15 years in Los Angeles. Having spent the last 10 years on the Monterey Peninsula, Sonia conducted clinical work with addictions and recovery, while working at the Clint Eastwood Youth Recovery Center at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Sonia continues to teach the popular class of Theories and Methods of Counseling at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Kurt Johnson, MA, RAS

Kurt Johnson, MA, RASPrimary Counselor

Kurt Johnson earned his Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Colorado State University and graduated with honors from Regis University with a Masters Degree in Psychology. Kurt holds a Colorado license as a Professional Counselor (LPC 4956), completed Addictions Counselor Training through the Denver Health Medical Center; and is certified as a Registered Addictions Specialist in California. He has studied and been trained in a number of evidence-based therapeutic paradigms. In his years of counseling experience, he has worked with a wide range of clients and families in social service agencies, mental health settings and in substance abuse recovery. Kurt has additional training and experience in a number of special areas, including addiction intervention, anger management, couples counseling, conflict resolution, career counseling, and recovery from issues related to childhood abuse. Kurt employs a collaborative, empathic, holistic approach that draws from a number of proven methods, and focuses on client's goals.

Susie Winn, MA, LMFT

Susie Winn, MA, LMFTCounselor

Susie Winn joined Beacon House in 2010 and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, as well as a certificate in Human Services. Her areas of specialization include: EMDR therapy (trauma), EEG Neurofeedback, and grief and loss groups. She also teaches classes on mindful and creative recovery, bringing a holistic approach and passion to working with residents and the recovery community.

Micheline Daly, RN

Micheline Daly, RN Counselor, Outpatient Manager

Micheline is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in both chemical dependency and psychiatric treatment. She has worked with adolescent and adult populations in inpatient and outpatient settings. Micheline first began working in the field of chemical dependency in 1987 and has 25 years of experience working with dually-diagnosed clients.

Shannon Domingos, CASIShannon Domingos, CASI

Assessment & Referral Coordinator

Shannon brings first- hand experience and understanding of the disease of addiction. Prior to joining the Beacon House team, Shannon managed an office for an Addictionologist. She has years of experience in equine assisted therapy and also worked as a Behavior Specialist with Autistic children and their families. Shannon is currently completing her internship hours as she works to obtain her certification as an Addiction Specialist. She is passionate about helping others and plans to continue her education in the mental health field.

Dan Paul, MdivDan Paul, Mdiv

Coordinator of Spiritual Care

Dan Paul is an Ordained Minister who serves as Coordinator of Spiritual Care. He has spent over 20 years as an educator, keynote speaker, retreat director and counselor for people seeking spiritual growth in a variety of settings including hospitals, hospice, rehab facilities, jails, faith communities and camps. Dan is a graduate of The Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. He is a Past President of the Monterey Peninsula Interfaith Ministerial Association and is also a published songwriter, a recording musician and most recently, a comedy improv player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experiential Treatment Programs
Staff Biographies

Bill Hill - Birding InstructorBill Hill

Birding Instructor

Led by Bill Hill, an expert wildlife photographer, birder and retired fire fighter, our residents are afforded the opportunity to become familiar with the diverse wildlife ecosystem that is the keystone of our local environment. More importantly it provides a foundation for developing the spiritual aspects of ongoing recovery.

Connie Yost

Connie Yost - Equine Assisted Growth & Learning InstructorEquine Assisted Growth & Learning Instructor

Equine assisted therapy is one of the experiential services offered at Beacon House which fully incorporates the outstanding environment into the recovery process. Utilizing a picturesque horse ranch on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, Equine Director, Connie Yost, helps all residents begin to understand that relating to horses can be beneficial to the recovery process through non-verbal connection and communication. Through this process the horses become aware and sensitive to the resident’s fears, anxiety, aggression and/or intentions. These interactions become powerful tools teaching the individual about boundaries, patience, expectations, diligence, solutions, fear and faith. Connie is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles and retired Director of Development at Columbia Pictures. She has ridden and shown hunters and jumpers competitively for over 30 years. Additionally she has been trained by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).

Lee Larimer, PhD, FICPP

Lee Larimer, PhD, FICPPDirector of Clinical Services

Dr. Larimer provides individual and group treatment, as well as comprehensive diagnostic services. He has over 40 years of experience helping others including extensive addiction treatment experience in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. He has expertise in the primary treatment of addiction disorders, as well as relapse prevention and co-occurring disorders.

"We recruited Dr. Larimer to be our Clinical Director on the strength of his nearly 40 years of experience in treating addictive disease. The results of his compassion and love of helping clients find sustainable recoveries speak through thousands of our Beacon House alumni who never forget Dr. Lee."
- Guy Riina, Chairman of the Board

Dr. Larimer received his doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He completed his internship training at the VA Medical Center in Palo Alto, California and his post-doctoral residency at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco. He has advanced credentials in family systems therapy, as well as clinical psychopharmacology. He is also credentialed in the Treatment of Addictions through the American Psychological Association’s College of Professional Psychology.

Lee Goldman, MD

Lee Goldman, MD Consultant / Addictionologist

Dr. Goldman has been actively involved in the addiction community since 1980, when he accepted the position of Medical Director for the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) Recovery Center. He brings over 30 years of expertise in family practice, addiction treatment and emergency medicine.

“One of the most experienced and celebrated specialists in treating chemical dependency in the local region, we were honored to have recruited Dr. Goldman. His stellar reputation and expertise are an ideal fit for Beacon House.” Guy Riina, Chairman of the Board

Dr. Goldman completed his medical training at University of Southern California, moving to the Monterey Peninsula after finishing his residency in Pennsylvania in 1978. He is Board-Certified in both family-practice and addiction medicine. He joined CHOMP in 1980, and continues to work with their emergency department where he received the Physician of the Year award in 2009. He developed and implemented an alcohol withdrawal scale tool utilized at CHOMP, as well as numerous forensic facilities.

Shari Corbitt, Psy.D.

Shari Corbitt, Psy.D.Director of Neuroscience & Senior Clinical Advisor

Dr. Shari Corbitt is the Founder and CEO of Agoura Neurofeedback Inc, a comprehensive, clinical business practice in Beverly Hills and Agoura Hills, CA. Dr. Corbitt conducts individual and group psychotherapy, clinical program consultation and frequent public speaking. She is also honored to serve as the Senior Director of the Neuroscience Center at the Beacon House. Most recently, Dr. Corbitt served as Vice President of Promises Treatment Centers and prior to that, Clinical Director at Sierra Tucson. Her earlier experience includes: Clinical Director of the Indian Health Council, Inc. on the Rincon Indian Reservation in Pauma Valley, CA and Program Director at Casa Palmera, an Eating Disorders and Chronic Pain Management inpatient treatment facility in San Diego, CA. Her areas of specialization include: the treatment of eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and chronic pain. Dr. Corbitt currently enjoys conducting her Cellular Healing GroupsTM for people with comorbid eating disorders and chemical dependency and her “DBT of the 12-Steps”, a group that aims to teach people how to actually do all of the confusing things we are taught in recovery such as: Turn It Over, Trust the Process and Let Go and Let God!

Laura Niedringhaus

Laura NiedringhausNeurofeedback (BrainPaint) Specialist, Marketing & Community Outreach Coordinator

Laura Niedringhaus is our Neurofeedback Specialist certified in BrainPaint® training. She has been with Beacon House since 2011, serving in a variety of functions including: coordination of all special events, marketing, and bringing awareness to our community that treatment is available and recovery is possible. Laura is very passionate about helping others and has an intimate knowledge and understanding of the disease of addiction. Prior to working at the Beacon House, Laura was a certified Paralegal for 15 years, working alongside top law firms.

Jenna Marsala, MA, MFTI

Jenna Marsala MA, MFTI Assessment & Referral Counselor

Jenna received her Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Chico and a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Chapman University.
Jenna has worked with a county funded transitional age (16-25) program treating individuals, families and couples. An integral member of the Beacon House professional team, Jenna is currently completing her internship hours as she works to pursue her licensure.

Carol L. Edmonds, CADCII, CASII

Carol L. Edmonds, Family CounselorProgram Director

Carol Edmonds is our Program Director, overseeing program and staff schedules. She also facilitates our weekly aftercare groups, assisting clients as they work to meet the recovery goals of their continuing care plans. Carol has over 20 years experience in the drug and alcohol treatment field and is a certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, as well as a trained Arise Interventionist. Carol holds a certification in Substance Abuse Counseling from University of California, Berkeley.

Leah Hopkins, MS, RD, CDE

Leah Hopkins, MS, RD, CDENutrition Specialist

Leah is a registered clinical dietitian and nutrition specialist in the field of addictive behavior, weight management, and eating disorders. Leah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from San Francisco State University, and a Master's Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Additionally, she recently obtained her Credential as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Leah has been working in acute care facilities, outpatient counseling, and public health education for over 25 years throughout the Monterey Peninsula and San Francisco Bay Area. She has a passion for teaching people how to bring mind and body together for better health and well-being. Leah is excited to combine her nutrition knowledge and expertise with the emerging field of neuroscience, sharing the latest, most relevant information with the Beacon House community.

Dani Volk, LPC, CADC-II

Dani Volk, LPC, CADC-II Outpatient Coordinator & Community Outreach

Dani Volk is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Dani has worked in several nationally known facilities including Rogers Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin and Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota. Dani has been practicing as a clinician, as well as providing outreach and marketing services locally, nationally and regionally for the past five years after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University. After moving from Wisconsin to California to pursue her career, Dani found Beacon House and works in the Partial Hospitalization Program, as well as the Intensive Outpatient Program. Treating person’s struggling with addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders such as OCD and anxiety is a passion of Dani’s. She truly loves her career and views it as “fulfilling and rewarding”.

Emi Takeshita-Doty, MFTI, RASiEmi Takeshita-Doty, MFTI, RASi

Clinical Outreach Specialist

Serving as an Aftercare and Alumni Counselor throughout the Fresno, California region for Beacon House, Emi coordinates and leads an aftercare/alumni group that meets on a weekly basis and acts as a Beacon House liaison to the Fresno area. She is a Marriage Family Therapy Intern, as well as a registered Addiction Specialist Intern, having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lehigh University and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Brandman University. In addition to her experience at Beacon House, Emi was a Counselor at Monterey Peninsula College where she provided individual support services to enrolled students.

Adam HillAdam Hill

Director of Food Services

Adam Hill is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. He is a certified nutritionist and serve safe certified. Adam has been a professional chef for 15 years and has held Chef positions at luxury resorts including Butte Creek Country Club, Crow Country Club and the Pebble Beach Company. He also has extensive experience working as a personal chef for private residences. His top notch culinary ability, easy going demeanor, engaging style and positive attitude are infectious with the staff and patients alike. He is an integral part of the treatment team helping to facilitate the very critical holistic health and wellness aspects of treatment. “My goal as the chef of the Beacon House is to extend the pallets of our residents, and teach them the benefits of healthy nutritious eating and the positive impact it can have, not only on recovery from addiction, but on their lives.”

 

 


Ducky O’Toole

Ducky O’Toole - Golf & Recovery Program InstructorGolf & Recovery Program Instructor

Led by our Golf Program Facilitator and Beacon House Alum (1998), Ducky O’Toole, our Golf & Recovery Program utilizes the Beacon House philosophy, the 12-Step Principles for recovery and the game of golf to help residents start living again. Ducky, a Class A PGA Professional and Beacon House Board Member has developed these authentic experiences to enhance Beacon House programs, provide outdoor opportunities and promote healthy lifestyle choices, this simple program leverages recovery principles to develop self-confidence and help individuals build a new life.

Sarah Sanders

Sarah SandersYoga Instructor

Our Yoga program at Beacon House is taught by licensed Yoga, Spin & Pilates Instructor and Holistic Nutritionist, Sarah Sanders. Having studied with renowned Yoga instructors from around the world, Sarah’s classes at Beacon House challenge, yet motivate clients to come out of their comfort zones, exploring new poses and create a sense of calm and healthfulness.