Prior to opening Tres Vistas Recovery, Dr. Daniel Headrick served for eight years as the Medical Director at Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach, California. Before that, he was the Medical Director of Hoag Hospital Chemical Dependency Center in Newport Beach, California for 11 years. Dr. Dan dedicates much of his time to the care and treatment of his individual clients, overseeing their stabilization to make sure they have a sound transition to treatment and recovery. He cares for each of his clients individually as they withdraw from alcohol and other substances.
Dr. Headrick received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles Medical School. He is distinguished by his postgraduate certification from the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 1988, and is also an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine Medical School.
Daniel Headrick continues his training and research in the field of chemical dependency to keep abreast of current techniques and applies them in his work.
Amanda started working in recovery 7 years ago as a CNA. Over the next several years she became a licensed nurse and was certified in the field of Drug and Alcohol Addiction. As the Program Director at Tres Vistas Recovery, she utilizes her personal recovery experience coupled with her professional experience to oversee the Admissions, Clinical and Operational programs.
She believes that acquiring passion in sobriety is a priority, along the lines of the mission at Tres Vistas. An avid hiker and Crossfitter, Amanda uplifts clients and staff alike to reach for their physical as well as emotional sobriety goals.
Michalina graduated from USC with a Masters in Social Work in 2005 and has spent the past 12 years gaining experience in various aspects of social services and mental health. She began her career working with the County of Orange’s Children and Youth Services and the Welfare to Work program. She later transitioned to working with Severe and Persistent Mentally Ill with co-occurring disorders which is where she found her interest in working with individuals struggling with addiction. After a 2 year commitment working for the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Recovery Team, Michalina has returned to Orange County to work in recovery and has been providing support, guidance and mental health services to those recovering from addiction for over three years.
Michalina, a primary therapist at Tres Vistas, is respectful of the process of recovery and has a tremendous appreciation for the challenges and struggles that her clients experience on a daily basis. Her strong background in mental health with an emphasis on families allows her to help clients explore family dynamics in the context of addiction and provides a holistic, family-centered approach to addiction treatment. Michalina practices from an eclectic perspective incorporating CBT, DBT, and solution-focused therapy along with Rogerian positive regard into her practice along with supporting clients in their 12 step programs.
Working in the recovery field since 2013, Mitchell Schusler is the Case Manager for Tres Vistas Recovery. Mitchell completed his advanced study of addictive disorders at Health Staff Training Institute and is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor. Due to Mitchell’s personal experience in recovery, he is able to connect with our residents on a personal level.
As a native Californian and San Clemente local, Mitchell has a passion for rock climbing, backpacking, and surfing. Mitchell is also know for his service works bettering the local community through leading by example.
Jason Wahler is a Host, Actor and TV personality who appeared on Laguna Beach, The Hills, Celebrity Rap Superstar, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, after battling through a public struggle with addiction. Sober since July 2010, Jason has dedicated his life to raising awareness towards addiction and hopes to one day change the public’s negative perception of this deadly disease. Through his hard work and dedication the E! Network did an E! True Hollywood Story highlighting Jason’s remarkable new life.
Currently, Founder and Owner of Widespread Recovery, in beautiful Laguna Beach, Ca. He also serves as the Public Relations Liaison at Tres Vistas Recovery. Jason’s goal is to set the standard in aftercare. He continually uses his personal experience and presence in the public eye to inspire people struggling with addiction and alcoholism. His direct involvement with the recovery community changed his life and allows him to be a resource for thousands of individuals who need help but don’t know where to turn.
On a regular basis Jason works with various media outlets, celebrities, young adults, schools, law enforcement, churches, and athletes in order to promote addiction education and prevention.
This led him to create Speaker’s In Recovery, a speaker’s bureau that brings together high profile individuals to speak out on addiction.
Jason, also, serves on the honorary boards of The Prism Awards, Entertainment Industry Council, The Los Angeles Mission, and The Brent Shapiro Foundation as well as contributing to the highly respected Huffington Post.
“Looking back over the course of the past 5 years I never thought I would be where I am at today. If you told me I would find my passion and motivation working in the recovery industry, I would have thought you were crazy. Today, I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
I have been working in the field of recovery for over thirty-eight years. I have personally been clean and sober for over forty years which gives me some unique insights into helping people transition from addiction into long term recovery. The one thing that I have become acutely aware of is that addiction is not an individual disease but rather a family disease. Helping the addict seeing him or her self as being part of family that needs to be healed and what part they play in the healing process. Involving the entire family in the recovery process offers the best possible outcomes. I have successfully created the Otis Loves You Family Recovery Program, workshops and groups that create on-going support systems for the recovering addicts and their families.
Desirae is a Nursing graduate of Stanbridge College and has been working since 2012 as an LVN in the field of behavioral health and addiction. She has been personal nurse and manager for multiple facilities ranging from Detox to IOP levels of care. She is IV and Blood draw certified and has been trained in IV NAD therapy and continues to gain experience and knowledge of these protocols. She maintains up-to-date on current medical procedures by continuing her education every year in the field of behavioral health.
My name is Chef Brian Zanella. I have over 20 years experience working in kitchens all around Orange county. My journey started when I was hired as a busboy in 1998. I fell in love with the food scene and decided soon after that I wanted to become a Chef. I put in my time working for as many different Chefs as I could and eventually acquired the title of Chef in 2013.
In 2015, my substance abuse problem had caught up with me and I knew that I needed to get professional help. After checking into treatment, I decided to take some time off away from the kitchen. 2 1/2 years into sobriety, I was fortunate enough to get back into the kitchen with a clear mind. This time my focus would be on giving back the gift of nutrition for people who are struggling as I once did. Today, my life is full of gratitude and compassion for anyone struggling with substance abuse. Tres Vistas Recovery has afforded me a amazing opportunity to combine my passion for cooking while helping patients get the best nutrition possible during their stay.
Steve joined the Tres Vistas team in the fall of 2015. Prior to that he worked for several years for San Diego County as a Counselor in addiction treatment. At Tres Vistas, Steve oversees the Operations, medication documentation and client transportation for the facility. In addition to being the liaison for all Resident Advisors, Steve is in charge of making sure the Evita house runs smoothly for clients and house staff alike.
He is an avid member of the Northern San Diego county recovery community and all around outdoorsman. He also enjoys supporting his daughter in color guard.
Geno is a lifelong gardener. He studied Environmental Planning at Western Washington University and has recently completed certification in Watershed Wise for Landscape Professionals. In addition, he has completed certification training in Permaculture from The Ecology Center of San Juan Capistrano.
Geno teaches sustainability through organic gardening and offers residents a hands on experience that replicates the human endeavor to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.