Meet our team at Summit Malibu in beautiful Malibu, California where we have experience in treating drug and alcohol addictions, with great success.  We’re with you every step in the process from before and after treatment. Get to know our team below.

Owners

William Oswald, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder

Summit Malibu was founded by William Oswald, who has over 40 years of experience in the field of substance use, addiction treatment, and mental health recovery.

As a hands-on owner in recovery himself, William has handcrafted the Summit Malibu treatment program by drawing upon his extensive experience with proven methods for long-term success. Read More


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Steve Booth, Chief Financial Officer, and Founder

Steven earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Economics. Before helping to co-found Summit Malibu Steven worked in both private and public accounting. Like many others, Steven has seen first hand the destruction that addiction can inflict on family and friends. He has also witnessed the extraordinary changes that can be made when addicts receive the necessary treatment.

Medical Team

Lisa Benya, D.O.

Dr. Lisa Benya, D.O., is a 1995 graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is an internal medicine doctor that has served the Malibu community for over the past 10 years.

Her caring and compassionate approach combines both eastern and western medicine and has earned her a great reputation and a lot of respect in the local community. Read More


William Stanley, M.D.

Dr. William D. Stanley, M.D., received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ.

Dr. Stanley completed his Boards for ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) in 2000, and later for ABAM (American Board of Addiction Medicine) in 2010. Read More


Shahla Modir, M.D.

Dr. Shahla Modir, M.D., has over 20 years of experience in addiction, psychiatry, and integrative medicine.

Dr. Modir is dual board-certified in Addiction and Psychiatry, serving as a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and its Addiction Psychiatry certification. Read More


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Kevin Simonson, Psychiatrist

Dr. Kevin is a psychiatrist with an integrative approach to mental health treatment. He completed his BS in Molecular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology at Humboldt State University. He received his medical degree from UC Irvine and completed residency at UC Riverside and the Long Beach VA, where he worked in substance treatment and suboxone clinics.

Directors

Kristin Robert, Executive Director

Hailing from a background in business administration and customer service, Kristin Robert joined the team at Summit Malibu in January 2014.

As Executive Director, she oversees the clinical and support staff, as well as all aspects of our dual diagnosis addiction treatment program. Read More


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Jacqueline Kester, BA, Operations Director

Jacqueline brings her organizational mindset and background in healthcare settings to the operations of Summit. After receiving her degree in Psychology and English from the University of Virginia, Jacqueline began a career in direct patient care settings that also revealed a knack for administration and business development. Read More


Joseph Neely, Admissions Director

Joseph Neely, better known as JoJo, is originally from Kentucky and is the Admissions Director of Summit Malibu.

For all prospective clients considering addiction treatment at Summit Malibu, chances are good that JoJo will be the first person you talk to about our program. Read More


Sofia Bolanos, Admissions Coordinator

Sofia Bolanos is an Admissions Coordinator, working closely with Joseph Neely as a first point of contact for anyone interested in seeking treatment here at Summit Malibu. Equipped with a strong background in customer service and communications, Sofia enjoys connecting with and talking to people. She brings this quality to her role in admissions, and prides herself in helping people begin their road to recovery with us. Read More

Clinical Team

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Kimberly Low, LMFT, Clinical Director

Kim Low is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with experience in the addiction and mental health field since 1998. She received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from New College of California school of Psychology in San Francisco and is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Reiss Davis Graduate center. Read More


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Kelly Sweeney, Case Manager/Aftercare Coordinator

Kelly Sweeney has worked in all aspects of the addiction and mental health treatment field for more than 16 years and currently serves as Case Manager and Aftercare Coordinator for Summit Malibu.

She has had the exclusive opportunity of working alongside some of world’s very best clinicians, treatment centers, and doctors. Read More


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Amaris Baker, Primary Therapist

Amaris Baker is a graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and minored in Sociology.

She obtained her master’s degree (MA) in Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University-Long Beach. Read More


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Tiffany Hilborn, Primary Therapist

Tiffany Hilborn earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University of Santa Barbara and is an accredited Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (No. AMFT123214).

She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Read More


Beth Farar, LMFT, Independently Affiliated Clinician

Beth Farar is a California State Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Psychotherapist (LMFT) who has been treating people for more than 22 years.

She specializes in working with individuals, couples, children, adolescents, and family therapy and is trained in Rapid Resolution Therapy. Read More


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Charlene McPherson, CADC, ICADC, SAP, Independently Affiliated Clinician

Charlene has worked as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 1991. Her work experience has been in a variety of treatment levels in substance abuse programs. She has a BS degree in Psychology and an AA degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling. My path in life has guided me to work in the field of addiction to guide others in healing and wellness. I believe everyone is unique with their counseling for their journey in life. I say “one shoe size, color, style will not fit everyone.”


Lindsey Araiza, LCSW, Independently Affiliated Clinician

Lindsey Araiza is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a strong background in addiction and mental health recovery work.

She has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples as they navigate the road to change, especially in recovery. Read More


Cyndle Rios, LMFT, Independently Affiliated Clinician

Cyndle Rios is passionate and devoted to empowering others and creating positive awareness within the mind, body and spirit.

As a therapist, she helps clients find inspiration and motivation in a life of healing and hope, and helping others create a life worth living. Read More


Gabriel Logan-Braun, Holistic Practitioner

Gabriel Logan-Braun has shared his knowledge and touched the lives of both our team and residents since arriving at Summit Malibu several years ago in 2018.

After going through a dark episode of depression in his late teens, he was led to his first yoga class at the age of 17, where he began his journey of healing and transformation. Read More


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Scott Hobbs, Yoga Therapist

Scott Hobbs has been practicing and teaching Iyengar yoga for over 35 years.

In 1984, he founded the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles and was one of the first group of Americans to be certified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher. Read More


Natalie Riggs, Equine-Assisted & Yoga Therapist

Natalie Riggs provides a dual role as both an experienced Equine-Assisted Therapist and Yoga Therapist for our residents at Summit Malibu.

She facilitates therapeutic group and private sessions for our clients by navigating a myriad of life challenges including post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Read More


Terry O’Rourke, CADC, Group Facilitator

After a successful career in film & tv production, Terry felt it was time to give back. He has been blessed in his life with many gifts and felt it was time to be of service to others. Terry’s mission statement is “I co-create a world of connection and discovery through supporting, facilitating, and loving myself and others.” He graduated from the UCLA Extension Addiction Studies Program In 2018. Terry then became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He is also a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator.

Support Staff

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Amanda Grindstaff, Supervising Registered Nurse

Amanda is licensed as a registered nurse in the state of California. Among other degrees, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a degree in Psychology.

Amanda has previously worked in public health and critical care. Read More


Joanna Medina

Joanna Medina, Medication Room Supervisor

Joanna Medina earned her Bachelor’s Degree from California Lutheran University and she began working in field of addiction treatment immediately after she graduated.

Joanna’s personal experience with addiction provided the motivation for her to work in treatment, where she can provide support, compassion, and hope to others. Read More


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Donald Peake, Lead Clinician Assistant

Don Peake was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and moved to the Los Angeles area in the early ’70s with his wife Pam.

He draws from his own personal experience in recovery when sharing with clients and offering compassion and encouragement during their time in treatment and beyond. Read More


Scott Naslund, Lead Clinician Assistant

Scott is a graduate of UCLA and has been working at Summit Malibu since its inception. His experience in recovery has been both challenging and rewarding. The challenge has lied in helping people through the throes of addiction by being supportive. The reward from witnessing people heal through Summit’s therapeutic process and rekindle their fire for life. His passion for learning has helped him realize the importance of helping people and the value of sobriety.


Benjamin Hess, Clinician Assistant

Ben is an LA native, growing up on the hard streets of Chatsworth. He is currently working and is almost finished with his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at CSUN. He finds joy in helping out others which he carries out with his work at Summit in hopes of furthering his career in the field


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Coates Davis, Clinician Assistant

Coates Davis is a North Carolina native who has been a proud member of the Summit team over the past year.

He earned his bachelors degree from the University of North Carolina Charlotte with a background in Psychology and has found a calling working in the recovery field the past several years here in California. Read More


Rosalia Sandoval, Facility Manager

Rosalia Sandoval has been a member of the Summit Malibu Team from day 1 and excels as our Facility Manager.

She enjoys interacting with our clients and staff, and is present every day, welcoming Summit Malibu with a fresh breakfast and a warm smile. Read More