Prior to opening Tres Vistas Recovery, Dr. Daniel Headrick served for 8 years as the Medical Director at Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach, California. Before that, he was the Medical Director of Hoag Hospital’s Chemical Dependency Center in Newport Beach, California for 11 years. Dr. Dan dedicates much of his time to the care and treatment of his clients. He oversees their stabilization to make sure that they have a sound transition into treatment and recovery. He cares for each of his clients individually as they withdrawal from alcohol and other substances.
Dr. Headrick received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles Medical School. He received 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 stay 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 should be the top priority for patients at Tres Vistas. As an avid hiker and Crossfitter, Amanda uplifts clients and staff alike, helping them to reach 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. She 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. She provides a holistic, family-centered approach to addiction treatment. Michalina’s methods draw from an eclectic perspective, incorporating CBT, DBT, and solution-focused therapy along with Rogerian positive regard. She also supports 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 known for his service work bettering the local community through leading by example.
Ottis has been working in the field of recovery for over thirty-eight years. He has been clean and sober for over forty years which gives him some unique insights into helping people transition from addiction into long term recovery. The one thing that Ottis has become acutely aware of is that addiction is not an individual disease but rather a family disease. Helping the addict to see themselves as part of a family that needs to be healed and learning what part they can play in the healing process is a critical tool in his work. He believes that involving the entire family in the recovery process offers the best possible outcomes. He has successfully created the Otis Loves You Family Recovery Program and he provides workshops and groups that create on-going support systems for the recovering addicts and their families.
Chef Brian Zanella has over 20 years of experience working in kitchens all around Orange county. His journey started when he was hired as a busboy in 1998. He fell in love with the food scene and decided soon after that he wanted to become a Chef. He put in his time working for as many different Chefs as he could and eventually acquired the title of Chef in 2013.
In 2015, his substance abuse problem caught up with him and he knew that he needed to get professional help. After checking into treatment, he decided to take some time away from the kitchen. 2 and a half years into sobriety, he was fortunate enough to get back into the kitchen with a clear mind. This time his focus would be on giving back the gift of nutrition for people who are struggling as he once did. Today, his life is full of gratitude and compassion for anyone struggling with substance abuse. Tres Vistas Recovery has afforded him an amazing opportunity to combine his 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.
Matthew joined the Tres Vistas team in the summer of 2018. Prior to that, he worked at another treatment facility in San Clemente as a behavioral health technician. At Tres Vistas, Matthew is our lead Resident Advisor where he oversees RA staff and the upkeep of facility maintenance. Overseeing these duties ensures that our Residents here at Tres Vistas have a safe and comfortable stay throughout their journey on their road to recovery.
Matthew is also an active member of the recovery community here in Southern California. His experience with the process of getting sober helps him to bring the compassion and understanding needed for his position in the company.
After graduating from Argosy University with a Masters in Counseling, Whitney gained 7 years of experience working in the field of psychology. She has developed her own set of skills to help children, adults, and couples overcome the life stressors holding them back from feeling more fulfilled. She believes that a person’s past experiences dictate the way that they react to their current experiences and cope with life. Having a better understanding of why people do these things can create a lasting change in their perspective on life.
Whitney has extensive experience counseling dual diagnosis / co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety and depression, secondary to substance abuse. She utilizes techniques taught by organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, Smart Recovery, and Refuge Recovery to help her patients get sober. As a primary therapist at Tres Vistas Recovery, she enjoys working collaboratively by developing the skills needed to grow her patients’ future and to help them find a deeper meaning in life. She uses a blend of pyschodynamic, person-centered, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Her goal is to teach her clients to learn coping skills, learn to set boundaries, change perceptions that keep them stuck, find the connection they want in relationships, build their self-esteem, find release from grief and loss, and find their authentic voice.
“I look forward to helping you overcome past challenges head-on and your continued recovery of sobriety.”