Staff (ZEN BLEND)

The staff at Zen Recovery was brought together much in the same way a master herbalist brings ingredients for a tonic together. Each member of our staff is an ingredient that stands alone, each with a specific voice and flavor that is true to itself.

However, the true art and magic comes when you take these stand-alone ingredients and mix them together. The result of this mixture is a powerful blend of compassion, honor, professionalism, warmth and love. The staff at our alternative drug and alcohol rehab share many different viewpoints and address the issue of addiction from many different angles, but one theme rings true with all, the desire to help those who are suffering.

Alyssa May Panis – Director of Operations


Miss Panis has seven years of experience in the launching of entrepreneurial businesses and corporate branding. With a degree in Business Administration, Alyssa sees the potential in everyone who walks through our gates and works happily to make Zen a place where people can truly be helped and healed. Alyssa oversees all the day-to-day operations at Zen as well as providing heart and soul. Alyssa has been with Zen since its infancy and is more often than not your "go to" person. Miss Panis gets things done. Barn Life.

 

Dominicka Whitaker

Case Manager/Crisis Management at Zen Recovery Path

My duties as a case manager are to help clients reintegrate back into society, assist with health issues, find stable employment upon discharge from ZRP, and also counsel clients when necessary. What made me want to work in the field of substance abuse is I have a passion for working with people who are suffering and making sure that I do what I can for others to the best of my ability. I am an optimistic person. I believe if you really want to achieve something, as long as you have the desire in your heart to do so, you will achieve that goal. There isn't anyone in this world that I see as being helpless. It is a duty of mine to assist the clients I work with to find their own passions as well without needing the assistance from substances such as drugs or alcohol. I received my BA from Concordia University majoring in Behavioral Science. I am also a certified AOD specialist. Currently I am in the process of applying to graduate school for my Master's Degree so that I may increase my horizons, and assist with agency management within the clinical field. When I am not working, I enjoy working out, reading, and going out with friends.

Jane Shin

 

Through her convoluted life path, Jane has realized her calling to be in translating the Ancient Eastern philosophies and modalities for the modern Western culture in accordance with the Taoist concept of change.

She lived in India studying Yoga and serving as an instructor in an ashram or monastery—primarily to Westerners pursuing certifications as Yoga teachers. While in India, she studied and traveled with her Reiki Master, and also had the privilege of studying mantra with a teacher from a traditional Brahmin family. Her explorations of Vedic Philosophy—the source of Yoga—eventually led her to find her “life” study of Jyotish or the “Science of Light,” which examines the human experience in light of the vast macrocosm of the universe itself.

In the United States, she was a student of the Wing Chun style of Kung Fu with teachers of the Yip Man lineage in Chicago and San Francisco. Not finding a solid connection, she pursued the study of Tai Chi (Zhao Bao and Yang styles) in the Los Angeles area, though it would not be until she met her master, “Sifu” Richard Tsim in Long Beach of Lao Kune Do, that she would actually root down anywhere—validating, perhaps, the old adage that “when the pupil is ready, the master will appear.” Throughout her searching, she studied Daoist philosophy and Nei Gong with a direct disciple of a Wu Dang monk of the Tao Ahn Pai (Taoist Elixir Style) as well as with the Lotus Nei Gong School.

She currently pursues her passion in seeking to help others find their connection to the true, authentic self (the Dharmic path) through the propagation of holistic nutrition and lifestyle education based on the teachings of nature—as explored through Ayurveda, meditation, and all the arts mentioned above, in accordance with the individual’s inclinations.

Jory Adamson

Reiki Master and Spiritual Counselor for Zen Recovery Path

For the past 20 years, Jory Adamson has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, spiritual counselor, Reiki master/teacher, and ceremonial leader. With her love for the tradition of indigenous people, she teaches and practices Peruvian shamanism based on the wisdom of the Q'ero of the Andes. For several years, she has been leading groups to Peru for those interested in a deeply spiritual experience of the culture of this incredibly beautiful land. Her path has led her to become a mesa carrier, a keeper of the earth medicines, based on the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. She currently makes her home in both northern New Mexico and Southern California.

Jory’s passion for the healing traditions of indigenous people led her to study and teach Peruvian shamanism based on the Q'ero of the Andes. For several years, she has been leading groups in both North and South America for those interested in a deeply spiritual experience of the sacred sites, symbology and knowledge of the ancient ones.

Kathy Remeika

Therapist and EMDR Specialist at Zen Recovery Path

Kathy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, adolescents and families. Her counseling specialties include helping people find solutions to relationship issues, family conflict, anxiety, depression, addictions, grief and loss, fears, trauma and PTSD.

Her approach to therapy is eclectic, utilizing a variety of treatment methods depending upon your goals and needs. This includes conventional therapies such as psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, and existential models. She has received additional training in solution-focused therapy, substance abuse treatment, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She is a certified EMDR therapist.

Kelsey Leedom

Therapist at Zen Recovery Path

Kelsey has over eight years of experience in the mental health field, focusing on dual diagnosis and severe mental illness. Kelsey began her education at Boston College where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, minoring in Political Science. Kelsey’s passion for the field and desire to further her education, led her to obtain her Master’s in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Chicago School of Psychology. She has also received additional training in psychoanalysis, substance abuse treatment, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Kelsey is also trained in trauma informed yoga practices and incorporating mind/body work to address anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, and substance abuse.

Kelsey is passionate about her work and strongly believes in the process of therapy in the treatment of substance abuse and mental health to resolve core issues and reintegrating one’s authentic self. She believes that each individual is unique and tailors her therapy to the individual needs of each client while applying her extensive experience, education, and genuine care to the therapeutic process.

Ryan Thompson

Clinical Director/Therapist

Ryan has over nine years of experience in the field of substance and alcohol dependence. Ryan has assumed a myriad of roles in this field and has grown familiar with the Twelve-Step program as well as several other support groups. Throughout his experience, Ryan saw how much more effective treatment centers could be if empowerment, self-awareness and the authentic pursuit of meaning were encouraged.
This became the vision that inspired him to further his education so that he could involve himself further into the treatment of substance abuse, alcohol dependence, dual diagnosis and co-morbidity.

Today, Ryan's passion has driven him to obtain a BA in Psychology with an emphasis on human development from Vanguard University. He also acquired a Master's degree in Psychology, with focus on marriage and family therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he is currently in pursuit of his doctorate degree.
Ryan believes that the role of a therapist at our holistic healing center in Orange County is to guide the client through their own internal processes using their own perceptions on life and allowing the recovery process to be their choice. There is always the power of choice, and everyone has this beyond external or self-imposed limits. There is always a choice on how to approach our challenges in life. Sometimes we just need guidance to point out what already resides within us.

Through facing our own issues and challenging our own personal authority we can gain a deeper level of awareness that will motivate us to initiate and maintain a lasting change.

 

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