Admissions And Clinical Staff

James Bailey, M.Ed, M.H.A.

Executive Director

James has been in the Behavioral Health field for over 18 years and his reputation has been built upon providing the highest quality care by creating an environment where both patient and provider feel secure and communicate openly and honestly. Among other facilities, James has previously managed Cottonwood Treatment Center in South Salt Lake (Utah) and The Camp Recovery Center in Santa Cruz (California).

James oversees the entire Sober Living by the Sea network of treatment centers in Southern California, including The Rose, The Landing, Sunrise Recovery, The Victorian, and the T.E.A.C.H. College Program.

Dr. Valeh Karimkhani, D.O.

Consulting Physician

Dr. Valeh Karimkhani, D.O. is an adolescent and adult psychiatrist, board certified in Addiction Medicine, and founder of Orange County Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Karimkhani serves as Medical Director at Newport Academy providing direct psychiatric care at both the Residential and Intensive Outpatient Program.

Dr. Karimkhani, was born and raised in Denver CO, where she completed her undergraduate studies with a double major in biology and chemistry. She then moved to Texas, and attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health and Science Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine. During her four years at UNT/HSC, Dr. Karimkhani was granted a summer research scholarship and participated in cardiovascular physiology research. Her internship was completed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, located in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Karimkhani completed her psychiatry residency at University of Colorado Health and Science Center in 2007, with an emphasis in adolescent psychiatry. Since 2007, Dr. Karimkhani has been dedicated to community medicine in both emergency and outpatient settings. She has extensive experience in emergency psychiatry, dual diagnosis, trauma, substance abuse, and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Karimkhani is also a Major in the Army Reserves, and has completed two tours of duty in Iraq. She is dedicated to helping and healing our American heroes and soldiers.

Jerry Brown, PsyD, MFT

Staff Therapist

Jerry Brown has worked over 37 years in the counseling field, and over 25 years in the field of recovery.

Jerry has taught both graduate and undergraduate college courses in the area of counselor training and is the author of Militant Parenting, A Survival Guide For Parents with Problem Kids. Dr. Brown is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

“In sobriety, life gets better and better…don’t quit before the miracle comes.” - Jerry Brown

Tanya Desloover, MFT, CADCII

Program Manager, The Rose

Tanya is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist as well as a Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor.

Tanya joined the Sober Living by the Sea network in 2004 and prior to joining The Rose, she served on staff in the outpatient and extended care programs and served as the Program Director for the Reflections Program for Mature Adults.

Prior to joining our treatment network, Tanya had a 20 year career in pediatric research at Children’s Hospital in Seattle.

“Nothing is more rewarding to me than watching the metamorphosis of recovery.” – Tanya Desloover

Stephen Mercurio

Case Manager, The Landing

Stephen has a diverse teaching background and has taught early childhood, adolescents and young adult students. Stephen is an active member of the local 12-step community and his personal and professional experience with recovering individuals is extensive. Stephen believes a strong foundation in a recovery program is the keystone of achieving academic success.

Stephen works closely with each family and client to help them achieve their individual goals.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Kim Homan, MS, CADC II

Program Director, The Landing

Kim Homan has worked in the substance abuse field since 2005. Kim has experience in counseling, supervision, and program development. Prior to joining The Landing, Kim was Regional Director for Forterus Heatlh (a.k.a A Better Tomorrow). Kim has a Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology for California Baptist University, a Bachelors degree in Psychology from University of Phoenix, and she is State certified with CAADAC as CADC II counselor.

“I have dedicated my life to ‘seeing the light come on’ in the eyes of those who have lost themselves in their addiction.” – Kim Homan

Keri Penso, MA, CAS

IOP Manager and Family Program Coodinator

Jennifer DeVore, MA,MFTI

Program Director, The Rose

Jennifer entered the behavioral health field in 2004. Her roles have included implementing direct intervention with clients, case supervision, individualized programming, parent training, and program development.

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, East Bay. Her passion for working with families, individuals, and couples led her to pursue a Masters degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University.

Jennifer truly enjoys working with her clients to facilitate a safe and open environment for change and growth.

“It is truly amazing to witness an individual connect their experience with their emotions and begin a new journey with recovery” - Jennifer Devore

Scott Sandland

Certified Hypnotherapist

Scott Sandland, C.Ht. is a highly sought out practitioner for medical
and dental applications of hypnosis. He has risen to a level of
expertise that has attracted the attention of hospitals, private
practice doctors and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.

Scott
has worked with many clinicians in the fields of pain control and
addictions. His success has lead to a position on the board of directors
for the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and a
chapter presidency for the International Association of Counselors and
Therapists. With his commitment to continued education for himself and
his peers, Scott is a Mentor for members of the International Medical
and Dental Hypnotherapy Association.

Scott is a dynamic speaker with
extensive skills in hypnosis and NLP, as demonstrated in his classes
and workshops. In his private sessions as well as during group
processes, Scott keeps his focus on helping the individual achieve their
goals and find the resources need to be successful.

Danielle Farnsworth, CADC-II, CATC, ICADC

Director of Insurance and Facility Licensing Compliance

Danielle is a force of nature when it comes to dealing with insurance and overseeing facility licensing compliance. She has been working in the field of treatment for a decade in a wide variety of roles including Program Director for residential treatment centers and a detox.

Danielle served on the CAADAC Board of Directors and served as the Quality Assurance Chairperson for CAADAC.

“I am dedicated to providing quality client care through continually improving all facets of insurance and facility licensing compliance. I take pride in fighting for treatment services through the insurance companies (on behalf of our clients).” – Danielle Farnsworth

Jessica Donald

Senior Admissions Coordinator

Jessica has worked at Sober Living since 2010 and has an extreme passion for helping people with the disease of addiction. Her greatest asset is by far her personal experience and with that comes great understanding and compassion. Jessica’s goal and main purpose here is to make a difference and help save someone’s life.

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller

Joyce Patrick

Tai Chi Instructor

Joyce, a native Californian, is a long time practitioner as well as a student of Tai Chi Chuan. As the owner of a local martial arts school, the practice of Tai Chi keeps her focused and relaxed while often providing avenues for her to give back to the community. Joyce is a detail oriented and a patient instructor, whether working with clients as groups or individuals. Her martial arts and communications training coupled with her natural talent for making people feel at ease transform the atmosphere of her classes bringing relaxation to her students.

“This is exactly what people in recovery need” – a client after her first class with Joyce.

Caroline Campbell, HCHT

Music Therapist

Caroline is passionate about bringing therapeutic harp music to those in recovery. She is a trained certified harp therapist, and also studies and performs classical harp. While harp therapists typically work in hospital settings, Caroline has brought harp therapy to rehabilitation centers, working at The Renfrew Center in Philadelphia as well as state psychiatric centers in Pennsylvania before moving to California. Her harp therapy groups combine calming harp music with deep breathing, meditation and guided imagery for a truly peaceful experience.

“Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” -William Congreve

Administrative Staff

Layla Peterson

Admissions Coordinator

Layla has been in the recovery field since 2010 and brings her own passion for recovery to work every day by sharing her experiences with those still suffering. Layla understands that this is a “family disease” and has an awareness of the importance of the healing process for not only the clients, but the families as well.

“I have watched men and woman gain much more than just sobriety. The magic is seeing the independence, grace, and dignity obtained throughout their recovery journey.” –Layla Peterson

Tiffany Cain

Clinical Outreach – Southern California

Tiffany has a tremendous love for animals and a passion for conserving
marine life. Tiffany is grateful to be part of the CRC Health family and is rewarded every day that she gets to engage those in need and provide solutions.

Tiffany graduated from the University of San Diego where she studied Strategic Negotiations and Communications. Tiffany spent three years in the Pharmaceutical industry but never gave up on her passion for volunteering and helping the community.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.” -Steven Covey