Our Staff

denise klein

Executive Director- Denise Klein, MSW

Denise Klein, MSW,  Executive Director of Milestones Ranch Malibu, one of the nation’s premier dual diagnosis treatment centers, graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Master’s Degree in[…]

Dr. Judy Ho

Consulting Board Certified Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist – Dr. Judy Ho

Dr. Judy Ho, Ph. D., ABPP, ABPdN is a triple board certified and licensed Clinical and Forensic Neuropsychologist, a tenured Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, and published author, penning “Stop Self-Sabotage,”[…]

Justin Leitstein

Primary Therapist- Justin Leitstein, LMFT

Justin Leitstein is a licensed marriage and family therapist.  He has an established reputation amongst many treatment professionals for providing instrumental therapeutic results for a wide range of challenges. He[…]

Debbie Cohen

Primary Therapist/ EMDR Therapist- Debbie Cohen, LMFT

Debbie Cohen has a double master’s degree in psychology and art therapy.  She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working both in private practice and in residential treatment. Her long history of working in residential[…]

Celeste Racicot

Cognitive Rehabilitation Counselor- Celeste Racicot M.Ed.,CRC,CVE

Celeste Racicot was the 2011 recipient of The Stork Award, Brain Injury Center of Ventura County, for commitment to going above and beyond to better the lives of brain injury[…]

Joe Tabbanella

Certified Hypnotherapist- Joe Tabbanella, C.HT

Joe Tabbanella is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Motivational Speaker. He is certified as an instructor of Neuro-Linguistic Programming  (NLP) and MER (Mental and Emotional Release). Joe graduated with honors from[…]

Anita Kaplan

EMDR Therapist- Anita Kaplan, LCSW

Anita Kaplan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker  and has been licensed since 2005.  After graduating with Honors from The University of Arizona, she earned her Master’s Degree in Social[…]

Group Facilitator- Dr. Seth Kadish, Psy.D

Seth C. Kadish, Psy.D., is the author of the memoir, Home Boys, and the self-help book, Pop Your Patterns:  The No-Nonsense Way to Change Your Life.  He is the former[…]

Ron Borczon, MT-BC

Group Facilitator- Ron Borczon, MT-BC

Ron Borczon, MT-BC, founded the Music Therapy Department at Cal State Northridge in 1984. After more than 20 years, Ron remains Director of the program, one of only three in[…]

Karen Jackson

Group Facilitator- Karen Jackson, MA

Born and raised in St. Louis, Karen Jackson always had a passion for education and helping others achieve their full potential. Her dad was a small business owner and her[…]

Seth Hall

Group Facilitator- Seth Hall, CLC, MNLP

Seth T. Hall is a certified life coach and founder of Transformational Solutions, who helps people achieve their toughest goals, find their own voice, and think outside the box. He[…]

Mikke Pierson

Group Facilitator- Mikke Pierson

Mikke Pierson is the owner of Pierson Business Growth Solutions, which focuses on helping America’s small businesses define and achieve their goals. Mikke has been an entrepreneur since graduating UC[…]

Jessica Martindale, AMFT

Group Facilitator- Jessica Martindale, AMFT

For over 15 years, Jessica Martindale has been studying, researching, and helping humans find emotional freedom, through working to increase their connection to themselves and others. After receiving her Bachelors[…]

Sara Daoud, M.A., CHWC

Group Facilitator- Sara Daoud, M.A., CHWC

Sara has a sincere passion and gift for listening and providing healing to those suffering from all walks of life. She is a Wellcoaches certified Personal Health and Wellness coach[…]

gabriel braun

Group Facilitator- Gabriel Braun, RADT

Gabriel Logan-Braun has shared his knowledge and touched the lives of both our team and residents since arriving at Milestones Ranch Malibu several years ago. After going through a dark episode[…]

Jennifer Katz, CNC

Certified Nutritional Consultant- Jennifer Katz, CNC

Jennifer is a Certified Nutrition Consultant (and RADT) working in Recovery for over 15 years. Her background is in Nursing and Psychology and her focus is Functional Nutritional care for[…]

Savannah Ganje

Director of Admissions- Savannah Ganje, LCSW

Savannah Ganje completed her Bachelor’s degree in social work at Colorado State University. While completing her Bachelor’s degree, Savannah worked with pre-school aged children in the head start system as[…]


Admissions Coordinator- Carolyn Hamilton

Carolyn Hamilton has over 25 years of experience in the insurance and healthcare field. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She managed a[…]

Randy Heuser

Director of Health & Wellness- Randy Heuser

Randy grew up hiking in the hills of Malibu. He attended California State Polytechnic University School of Architecture. After spending a number of years in architecture, he transitioned into the[…]

Kareen Oliveri

Personal Trainer- Kareen Oliveri

Kareen is passionate about helping people effectively achieve their individual fitness goals; whether it is with one-on-one training or in a group setting. She is certified through the National Academy[…]

Vilma Gomez

Housekeeping Manager- Vilma Gomez

Vilma Gomez has been with Calamigos Ranch for almost 30 years. She began working at Milestones 17 years ago and is the manager of housekeeping. She enjoys working and she[…]