Chemical Dependency Staff

Detox and Residential Treatment

Dr. Harkirat Saggu, MD

Staff Psychiatrist, Child & Adolescent

 


Dr. Susan Garcia-Swain, MD

Staff Physician, Board Certified Addictionologist and Homeopathic Medicine Specialist

Dr. Susan Garcia-Swain is a homeopathic MD and an addiction treatment specialist. She was previously a staff physician at St. Peter’s Chemical Dependency Center in Olympia, Washington, as well as the Medical Director for Starting Point addiction clinic in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Garcia-Swain uses a combination of medical science and holistic methods in order to provide whole person healing during the detox and residential treatment phases of early recovery.  She customizes treatment for each individual by considering their unique mental, emotional and physical issues. She also provides medical evaluations and follow-ups, as well as medication management for those who are dually diagnosed.

Dr. Garcia-Swain is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her Post-doc training includes: University of Arizona Medical School, University of Southern California School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine and the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy.


Holly Webb, MA

Clinical Director, Inpatient Detox and Residential Treatment Services

Holly has over 20 years working in management in small to large corporations. In 2002 she decided to participate in a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at John F. Kennedy University (JFKU) where she also received a Specialization in Addiction Studies. During her traineeship at JFKU, she worked with clients dealing with chemical dependency by running groups on sobriety and supporting them with one-on-one sessions. Holly returned to corporate work after completing her graduate studies but later followed her passion to assist people dealing with varying issues. She re-entered the helping field and worked both in private practice and agencies as a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.

She continued to have a passion for chemical dependency and began working with women and their children struggling with long term addiction at Jelani House in San Francisco and later at New Bridge in Berkeley, California. Holly joined New Dawn Treatment Centers in April of 2016 as a counselor but was rapidly promoted to Clinical Director, where she brings both management and clinical skills. She has been trained in a variety of therapeutic models but works primarily using Cognitive and Behavioral and Motivational Therapies.


Matthew Allbaugh, MA

Primary Therapist

Matt started his journey of helping others by attending Cal State Long Beach and receiving my Bachelors in Human Development in 2004.  He worked for various human health service agencies before deciding to attended National University where he received his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology in 2011.  Since then he has worked with AOD at-risk and under privileged youth in the Sacramento area.  He is trained in Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which has allowed him to utilize clinically effective tools and formats when conducting individual and group sessions with his clients.  His education, level of experience, ability to connect with others, and passion for helping others makes him qualified as a counselor here at New Dawn.


Debra Igou, CADC II

Primary Addiction Counselor

Debra is a licensed advanced alcohol and drug counselor through the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (*LAADC non-governmental license), and holds a Clinical Supervision Credential through Breining Institute. Debra is also certified in the state of Idaho as a Qualified Professional and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has degrees in Human Services and Chemical Dependency Studies.

Debra has been an employee of New Dawn Treatment Centers in a variety of capacities since 2005 including administrative assistant, program coordinator and as an independent contractor in both residential and outpatient settings. Debra brings an element of creativity to her counseling techniques through artistic and musical expression. She utilizes motivational engagement to meet each client where they are in order to guide them out of the darkness of addiction into the light of recovery.

It is through genuineness and passion that Debra shines. It is her belief that everyone has a right to live a clean and sober life.


Shelli Michael, RADT (CADC pending)

Primary Addiction Counselor

Shelli Michael joined New Dawn in 2017 as a registered substance abuse counselor with over 25 years in the recovery community, both personally and professionally. Shelli received a diploma in Alcohol and Drug Studies for the Recovery Practitioner through CCAPP in 2015. Her compassion for the suffering addict has fueled her desire to work one-on-one with clients, as well as group settings. Shelli enjoys sharing her experience, strength and hope with men and women who are struggling to see their way out of their addiction and encourages the move toward an abundant, more manageable life. Shelli’s passions include recovery from not only substances, but also from issues relating to codependency. She also enjoys facilitating groups regarding Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness, Art, and Healthy Relationships.

 

Dave Morton, RADT

Addiction Counselor

Dave Morton moved from Southern California to the greater Sacramento area in 1980. He has been married for over 37 years with 5 children and 3 grandkids. Dave studied sociology and economics at UCLA and received his B.A. in Sociology from UCLA in 1979. He proceeded to work in the mortgage banking business for almost 30 years before retiring from the industry in 2008. With encouragement from family and friends, Dave started working for New Dawn at the end of 2013 to share with clients his 31-year recovery experience. In his free time, Dave loves to exercise, spend time with his family and friends, and travel with his college sweetheart, best friend, and wife Patti. He is also active in his local church, does prison ministry, and is an avid reader of recovery material. Grateful for his life experiences, Dave makes sure to represent recovery to everyone he meets.


Leslie Bow, CACD-CAS

Detox Counselor

Leslie is graduate of CSU, Sacramento where she studied Physical Education. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Health Coach with the American Council of Exercise. Leslie is passionate about the positive effects that proper exercise and nutrition can have on a person’s quality of life. As a result, she works to help bring these healthy behaviors to those in recovery. She received her Substance Abuse Certification from the University of the Pacifc, is registered with CCAPP as a RADT-I, and has been with New Dawn since 2014. With over 20 years of coaching and motivational work, Leslie currently holds a position on the Counseling Staff at the Detox Facility.


 

Martha Linn, LVN

Intake and Utilization Review Nurse

Martha started her successful career in the healthcare field by putting herself through nursing school while raising two small children as a single parent and working nights. After graduating in 1970, she went to work at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, and then was transferred to St Joseph Hospital, which is a sister hospital of Santa Rosa Memorial located in Humboldt County. She then moved to Sacramento and worked at several different facilities before finding New Dawn. She has been fighting for New Dawn clients to get as much time in treatment as insurances will allow for over a decade, and is very passionate about the important work that she does.

In her spare time, Marty enjoys spending time with her daughter and riding her lovely horses.


Diana Krause MHA, MA, RADT

Utilization Review Specialist

Diana has been with New Dawn since early 2016 supporting clients on their road to recovery. She fights for New Dawn clients to get as much time in treatment as insurances will allow. She does complete screenings, gathers information at time of intake, admission paperwork and participates in treatment planning. She also helps to verify medical clearance and rule out medical conditions that would exceed New Dawn’s treatment capabilities by contact physicians. She records information, maintains client records, obtains initial authorizations for treatment from insurance companies and provides concurrent reviews with insurance companies. She also provides support to the residential staff by informing them of certification status on client’s to prepare for scheduled reviews. She also helps with client education and discharge planning.


 

Cassondra Hamm, RADT

Client Care Coordinator

Cassondra has been with New Dawn since August 2015. Starting out as a graveyard employee at the residential campus, she showed great passion and initiative and quickly moved up within the company to become the Client Care Coordinator. As Client Care Coordinator, Cassondra is responsible for helping clients transition from the Detox to Residential Programs. She is instrumental in helping clients to understand what their insurance authorizations mean, and how to find ways to work with different levels of care. Cassondra also is responsible for managing the residential team of Recovery Support Specialists. Recovery Support Specialists are responsible for assisting clients with their every day needs.


 

Donald Reid

Head Chef

Donald is a culinary arts trained chef with many years of experience working for care homes and assisted living centers. He has extensive knowledge of working with restricted diets, and enjoys the challenge of creating and executing delicious and nutritious meals that are catered to individuals with diabetes, or who are vegan, vegetarian or who require a gluten free diet. One of Donald’s signature habits is individually plating every dish so that the persons served all receive special attention at meal time.


Intensive Outpatient Services

Deana Long, CADC II

Sacramento IOP Program Coordinator

Deana began her addictions work career as a counselor intern for New Dawn Treatment Center working with the adolescent IOP population in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with an Addiction Studies credential at William Jessup University in 2014. She has since moved up the credentialing ladder with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Her current credential status is CADC II and ICADC, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has worked full time in the addiction field since her graduation in 2014 with the adolescent and adult populations. She has provided therapy at the IOP level of care in group, individual, family, and couples settings. She utilizes the theoretical models of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), person centered therapy, and motivational interviewing (MI). Deana’s therapeutic style consists of empathy, compassion, unconditional positive regard, and she provides a non-judgmental environment where clients are able to feel valued and respected. She believes in a holistic approach and balanced growth including the whole self; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She says her hope for the people she provides services for is to gain the tools they need to improve the overall quality of their lives. Deana’s strengths in the counseling environment include relate-ability, genuineness, humor, and positivity. Her ability to meet clients where they are, and helping them feel comfortable, aids in their journey to improve the quality of their lives.


 

Kristin Hunt, CADC-CAS

Citrus Height IOP Program Coordinator

Kristin is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor through the California Consortium of Addictions Programs and Professionals. Kristin has experience working with adolescence and adults who both have substance dependency as well as mental health issues, including survivors of trauma. Kristin was able to develop programs for both teens and women who struggled with co-occurring disabilities, working as a team with mental health professionals to provide long-term treatment options to this vulnerable population.

Kristin utilizes a blended approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Psycho-education to provide treatment in both group and individual modalities. Kristin believes in a balanced approach to recovery and utilizes various avenues of recovery to draw her tools from in order to help meet clients where they are at in their journey, helping to guide clients to the top of their own mountains of success in sobriety. Kristin believes in investing in individual’s natural strengths to encourage their abilities to make decisions for their recovery goals.


 

Timothy Lyons, MS

Intensive Outpatient Primary Counselor

Tim is a registered Master’s level Substance Use Disorder treatment counselor who is actively working on his Doctorate (PsyD) in psychology. His work with New Dawn Treatment Center’s Intensive Outpatient clients is informed by the use of evidenced based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). His clinical interest is in the field of substance use disorders and helping to heal those persons afflicted with this disorder. As a peer support specialist in the mental health field, Tim worked with the severely mentally ill and homeless populations in Amador County. As the County of Amador Patients Right’s Advocate Tim helped people with mental illness navigate the behavioral health arena as well as the Social Security Department’s Disability Claims Division. Before coming to New Dawn, Tim worked with county probation clients with substance use disorders and facilitated group therapy to help reduce recidivism in domestic violence perpetrator populations. Tim is a frequent psychology blogger and founded his website Psychology-Info.com to assist others in learning more about psychology.


 

 

Phil Hodson, RRW

Intensive Outpatient Primary Counselor & Neurobiology of Addiction Specialist

 

Phil is a Registered Recovery Worker with CAADAC and has worked as a counselor in the substance-abuse community since April of 2013. At present, Phil facilitates a two-group series on the Neurobiology of Addiction for New Dawn Treatment Centers (inpatient and outpatient). He is also a primary addiction counselor at the Intensive Outpatient program in Citrus Heights. In addition to his work at New Dawn, Phil has recently joined New Directions Counseling Associates, where he will work as a substance-abuse counselor in private practice.

Prior to pursuing a career as a substance-abuse counselor, Phil work for 13 years in the securities industry. Most recently he held the position of Regional Sales Director (Institutional Sales in the Western US) for the asset management firms Columbia Management (Bank of America) and MainStay Investments (New York Life).


Rob Moore, PsyD, MSW, CADC II

Intensive Outpatient Primary Counselor

A hard working Therapist who is also curious, sensitive, empathetic and able to find creative solutions for the everyday problems of his clients. Open minded, caring and enthusiastic, Rob is fully conversant with current thinking on helping profession conduct and practice. He is committed to a person centered approach which helps promote independence and well-being for those under his care. He possesses extensive knowledge of social diversity and equal opportunity issues and has the ability to demonstrate this throughout all aspects of practice. Rob is a veteran of the United States Army where he proudly served as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment.   Rob studied social work at CSUS where he earned his Masters of social work and completed his doctoral program in Psychology at UC Davis.  Rob was trained at NDACS and Certified as an addictions counselor through CCAPP.  Rob has been trained and competency certified through Gorski – CENAPS in the areas of denial management, addiction free pain management and relapse prevention counseling.   Rob is certified in EMDR and works with veterans who suffer from PTSD.  “I believe that recovery is about creating a better quality of life.”


 

Michael Feliciano, MFTi Registered Intern #IMF80927

Intensive Outpatient Primary Counselor

Michael is a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern registered with the California Board of Behavior Sciences. Michael received his MS degree in Counseling from Sac State, where he previously earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art. He joined the New Dawn team in October of 2016, (two days after getting married) though has been doing Chemical Dependency treatment for some time.

Michael has chosen substance abuse treatment as a sub-specialty, along with Men’s issues and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. He often incorporates Mind-Body Connection, choice-less awareness, and various forms of spirituality into his work with clients. One basic principle central to his treatment approach with clients is a deeper valuing of themselves as individuals with unlimited potential, and a holistic consideration of their lives as an unfolding adventure, in which painful and joyful pieces are equally valuable. Michael emphasizes radical acceptance, self-compassion, and self-awareness in his work with groups and individuals. He also presents the pursuit of life balance as fundamental to healing and recovery.

Michael has embraced many career paths and personal pursuits prior to becoming a therapist. Some of these include four years as a field medic in the U.S. military, five years as a power plant operator, several years as a professional activist, and several years self-employed as a handyman and freelance writer. In his free-time, Michael enjoys outdoor adventures with his wife and their German Shepherd, home-improvement projects, creating music and art, cycling, and tinkering with his collection of vintage stereo equipment.


Tina Goorabian

Admissions Director

Tina has been with New Dawn Treatment Centers since 2002 and has been instrumental in developing the intake process for many of our programs, including Intensive Outpatient, Residential, Detoxification and our Eating Disorders programs. She is the first contact most clients have with New Dawn, and her knowledge and compassion is essential in helping clients know what to expect from treatment. Prior to New Dawn, Tina trained to be a Certified Medical Assistant with Canterbury Career College and has found her medical training to be very useful in her position with New Dawn. Tina is instrumental in verifying insurance benefits promptly and accurate for our prospective program admits, and she is also very adept at acquiring single case agreements with insurance companies when necessary.  Her goal is to provide the most current information possible to program participants with regards to their financial out-of-pocket requirements, so that they can focus on their recovery once they admit into one of the programs.


Experiential and Holistic Group Facilitators


Shea Phinney, MFT 50023 & EAGALA-II certified

Equine Assisted Psychotherapist

Shea is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She graduated in 2001 from California State University Sacramento with a Masters in Marriage Family Children Counseling.

Shea is also dual certified Level II by EAGALA as a mental health professional and equine specialist. The EAGALA  (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) focuses on the relationship and experiential learning between horse and individual for emotional health and well-being. EAGALA is committed to setting the standard of professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide

Shea uses evidence-based therapy techniques, such as Mindfulness practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  I also provide equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) options for my clients, where we include a horse as partner in the therapeutic treatment team.

Shea enjoys helping individuals work through a variety of challenges, such as women’s issues, relationship issues, children’s behavioral issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, PTSD, child and sexual abuse as well eating disorders and self-harm behaviors.


Dawn Baran

Relaxation Yoga Instructor

Dawn is the instructor of the Relaxation Yoga group sessions. She has been practicing Hatha Yoga for 10 years and instructing for the last 5 years. Dawn specializes in breath awareness and relaxation as a pathway to transformation – as well as deep, lasting health and inner peace.


Yoshiko Kage

Acupuncturist Group Facilitator

I had my acupuncture/body work business in Tokyo about 12 years, and then moved to the US. I worked for a medical clinic in Stockton as a full time acupuncturist 7 years, and currently I’m running my acupuncture and herb clinic in Sacramento midtown. I’ve also offered acupuncture service to programs by Drug Court of San Joaquin and Sacramento County, serving for high school students, women in residential programs, and others on top of New Dawn recovery programs at different sites. Movement-Based Expressive Arts/Education is another passion I have. This involves dancing/movements, drawing, voicing, poetry making/reading. I had a teachers’ training for this healing modality at Tamalpa Institute in Marin County. It’s my joy to apply this method at New Dawns recovery program.

“I love being in nature, ocean and mountains, love hiking, cross country, and snow shoe. I love cooking especially Japanese dishes.”


Michael Shane

Tai Chi Instructor

Michael is a Shodan black belt in Shorin-Ji Ryu Karate and has studied Tai Chi and the Martial arts with Sensei Frank Gaviola at Folsom Lake College and the Martial Arts Way Dojo of Elk Grove since 2007. Prior to meeting Sensei Gaviola, he studied with Sensei Lee Ehrlich in self defense techniques and Kenpo Karate from 1998 to 2003. Michael currently assist teaches at the Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center Campus, the Martial Arts Way Dojo of Elk Grove, and has been teaching Tai Chi at the New Dawn Recovery Center’s Sacramento location for over the past year.


Sherry Remez

QiGong Instructor & Wellness Coach

My background includes over two and a half decades of energy healing work–initiating and developing the life force energy (CHI) for stress relief, gaining emotional and mental balance, integration with life, eliminating physical pain and inspiring conscious re-awakening. My joy is in sharing a transmission of CHI, demystifying ancient healing secrets for modern application, and creatively guiding medically proven practices for wellness and longevity. I teach with humor and compassion, which encourages relaxation of mind/body affecting an opening of the Heart, and ultimately unleashing the power behind all healing.