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To inspire change through the influence of choice and empowerment, improving the overall health and wellness of our clients, their loved ones and the community at large.

Multi Concept Recovery (MCR) offers a comprehensive and innovative treatment philosophy based upon our understanding of the complex and progressive nature of addiction. Instead of focusing on the symptoms, we treat the whole person and the underlying issues using complementary programs that each individual can choose from.

Our individualized  approach honors all aspects of our clients' lives, stories and experiences in a safe and supportive environment conducive to recovery and a deep level of personal growth. We do not place our focus on symptoms; rather, we provide treatment, support and guidance to the individual client and their family. We care. We understand that treatment for addiction is not a one size fits all thing and that each person has their own narrative. If you are willing to change your narrative, we will guide you to a more abundant substance free life. 

We believe that lasting healing and growth happens best in the context of a trusting relationship with another person. We offer hope and new opportunities to individuals and families through:

 

VALUES
 

Ethics upholding legal and moral standards to what is right

Authenticity – providing genuine care to all who enter our doors

Empathy – the ability to share and understand the emotions of the clients and families

Innovation -  providing the most updated and validated treatment approaches to our clients

Trust – building and maintaining a foundation of trust with clients, families, community organizations and society at large

Organizational Evolution – the organization’s ability to change to meet the needs of the client

 

Multi Concept Recovery offers Addiction treatment to adults in an outpatient environment offering a multi-conceptual approach to the consumers with evidence based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emotional Intelligence (EI), and Mindfulness. We will continue updating and implementing more evidenced based practices as they are developed and legitimized and become part of a proven approach in treating addiction.
 

     Chief Executive Officer     E  van Amarni, M.S., LAADC-CA, ICADC,  brings a vision of hope for all people to the team of Multi Concept Recovery. With years of experience working with an indigent population and multiple years working with people from the opposite side of the socioeconomic spectrum, he brings a unique perspective to our treatment center. Evan is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with CCAPP and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with IC & RC with his Masters in Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Bachelors of Science in Human Services with the concentration being in Addiction. Evan has a specialized skill for identifying talent in both his staff and the clients he works with. Using these skills have proven valuable providing a strength based approach with his clients and his staff empowering them to become the best version of themselves. He has served on numerous boards including the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. He believes that anyone can find recovery if they are afforded the opportunity to choose what works best for them, a truly client centered approach to treat addiction.

 

Chief Executive Officer

Evan Amarni, M.S., LAADC-CA, ICADC, brings a vision of hope for all people to the team of Multi Concept Recovery. With years of experience working with an indigent population and multiple years working with people from the opposite side of the socioeconomic spectrum, he brings a unique perspective to our treatment center. Evan is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with CCAPP and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with IC & RC with his Masters in Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Bachelors of Science in Human Services with the concentration being in Addiction. Evan has a specialized skill for identifying talent in both his staff and the clients he works with. Using these skills have proven valuable providing a strength based approach with his clients and his staff empowering them to become the best version of themselves. He has served on numerous boards including the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. He believes that anyone can find recovery if they are afforded the opportunity to choose what works best for them, a truly client centered approach to treat addiction.


     Chief Operation Officer                                                                                 E  ric Moore, CADC II, ICADC,  brings a sensational urge to help others to the team at Multi Concept Recovery. He has owned and operated his own sober companion agency on the premise of providing nothing less than excellence to his clients and families. His understanding of what is needed to begin a life in recovery gives him the compassion and empathy that is necessary in all his interactions with clients and staff. His dedication to the recovery community and those who struggle with addiction is beyond reproach. With over a decade of experience working in various treatment centers and years of experience working on the front lines with, what others would consider to be, the most difficult cases he has shown that everyone can recover and find a new way of life when given the appropriate environment, opportunity, and guidance to do so. He believes that when people are met with positive regard for their own desires or dreams they can begin working towards a life in recovery and are successful. We are ecstatic and honored to have him as part of our executive team.

 

Chief Operation Officer                                                                                 Eric Moore, CADC II, ICADC, brings a sensational urge to help others to the team at Multi Concept Recovery. He has owned and operated his own sober companion agency on the premise of providing nothing less than excellence to his clients and families. His understanding of what is needed to begin a life in recovery gives him the compassion and empathy that is necessary in all his interactions with clients and staff. His dedication to the recovery community and those who struggle with addiction is beyond reproach. With over a decade of experience working in various treatment centers and years of experience working on the front lines with, what others would consider to be, the most difficult cases he has shown that everyone can recover and find a new way of life when given the appropriate environment, opportunity, and guidance to do so. He believes that when people are met with positive regard for their own desires or dreams they can begin working towards a life in recovery and are successful. We are ecstatic and honored to have him as part of our executive team.


     Clinical Director                                                                                              Carlee Shalchian, LMFT   has nearly 10 years of experience working with substance use disorders and various mental health disorders. Carlee earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2010 and her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University Northridge in 2008. Carlee has experience providing clinical supervision as well as direct client services within various levels of care including detoxification, residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient programs. Carlee believes that treatment helps us formulate goals and assists in holding us accountable to work toward these goals through behavioral commitments on daily basis. Carlee strives to provide a safe and supportive environment in which clients are able to express themselves without fear of judgement, overcome challenges and strengthen and restore their lives.

 

Clinical Director                                                                                            Carlee Shalchian, LMFT  has nearly 10 years of experience working with substance use disorders and various mental health disorders. Carlee earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2010 and her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University Northridge in 2008. Carlee has experience providing clinical supervision as well as direct client services within various levels of care including detoxification, residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient programs. Carlee believes that treatment helps us formulate goals and assists in holding us accountable to work toward these goals through behavioral commitments on daily basis. Carlee strives to provide a safe and supportive environment in which clients are able to express themselves without fear of judgement, overcome challenges and strengthen and restore their lives.


     Medical Director                                        Bruce Stark, MD  is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Stark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology. He obtained his Medical Degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

 

Medical Director                                   

Bruce Stark, MD is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Stark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology. He obtained his Medical Degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.


     Admissions Coordinator    Cyd Ferguson  comes to us with a diverse set of skills and experience. Studied Nursing before realizing she wanted to work in a field where she felt she could have more of an impact based on her background and personal stories with trauma and addiction. She has been in the addiction treatment profession since 2009 where she started as a support technician and has since worked in various capacities including counseling, case management, operations and admissions. Cyd loves animals, especially rescues, she’s a loving mother of three boys, and enjoys her Native American cleansing ceremonies. Her strong belief in interconnectedness sets the tone for every conversation she has with people seeking relief from their suffering.

 

Admissions Coordinator

Cyd Ferguson comes to us with a diverse set of skills and experience. Studied Nursing before realizing she wanted to work in a field where she felt she could have more of an impact based on her background and personal stories with trauma and addiction. She has been in the addiction treatment profession since 2009 where she started as a support technician and has since worked in various capacities including counseling, case management, operations and admissions. Cyd loves animals, especially rescues, she’s a loving mother of three boys, and enjoys her Native American cleansing ceremonies. Her strong belief in interconnectedness sets the tone for every conversation she has with people seeking relief from their suffering.


     Therapist    Jason Murphy- Pedulla, MA, LMFT, CADC II, ICAP I,  has extensive experience over the last 2 decades of working with adults, youth and families as an addiction clinician and mindfulness based psychotherapist with an emphasis on trauma resolution therapy. He holds a credential as a certified addictions counselor as well as a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in East/West psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco USA. He is certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trainer. Jason has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings both in the U.S and internationally. He has implemented MBSR in educational systems, corporations, businesses and community organizations. Jason holds a specialized degree in Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Psychopharmacology from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Psychology, Philosophy and Anthropology. Jason has training in Vipassana (Insight) meditation and is a teacher of this tradition. Jason has studied meditation and martial arts for the last 20 years.

 

Therapist

Jason Murphy- Pedulla, MA, LMFT, CADC II, ICAP I, has extensive experience over the last 2 decades of working with adults, youth and families as an addiction clinician and mindfulness based psychotherapist with an emphasis on trauma resolution therapy. He holds a credential as a certified addictions counselor as well as a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in East/West psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco USA. He is certified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trainer. Jason has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings both in the U.S and internationally. He has implemented MBSR in educational systems, corporations, businesses and community organizations. Jason holds a specialized degree in Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Psychopharmacology from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Psychology, Philosophy and Anthropology. Jason has training in Vipassana (Insight) meditation and is a teacher of this tradition. Jason has studied meditation and martial arts for the last 20 years.


     Therapist    David Pavia, LCSW,  has 15 years of experience working with both substance abuse and mental health disorders in New York and Los Angeles. While David is one of our therapists he also works as the Clinical Director of Thrive Treatment in Santa Monica, CA. David’s previous experience includes being a primary clinician at Promise’s renowned young adult treatment program and most recently as lead clinician at The Control Center, an addiction treatment program in Beverly Hills. In addition, David has worked as primary therapist and music director at Sober College in Woodland Hills, California. He earned his Masters degree at New York University and began his career working with adolescents affected by 9/11 at The World Trade Center Healing Services in Lower Manhattan. We can always count on David to join in with music groups facilitated by Rock to Recovery on Wednesday mornings and meeting with clients and their loved ones in the evening. 

 

Therapist

David Pavia, LCSW, has 15 years of experience working with both substance abuse and mental health disorders in New York and Los Angeles. While David is one of our therapists he also works as the Clinical Director of Thrive Treatment in Santa Monica, CA. David’s previous experience includes being a primary clinician at Promise’s renowned young adult treatment program and most recently as lead clinician at The Control Center, an addiction treatment program in Beverly Hills. In addition, David has worked as primary therapist and music director at Sober College in Woodland Hills, California. He earned his Masters degree at New York University and began his career working with adolescents affected by 9/11 at The World Trade Center Healing Services in Lower Manhattan. We can always count on David to join in with music groups facilitated by Rock to Recovery on Wednesday mornings and meeting with clients and their loved ones in the evening. 


     Therapist     Suzy Pilipossian, M.A.  uses compassion, empathy, and education to make therapy a positive experience for clients.While Suzy is new within the recovery field, she has experience working in the mental health field and seeing how addictions affect people and their lives has guided her to learn to help those who are suffering with addictions. She has knowledge in mindfulness and strives to encourage clients to use it as it brings peace into the day-to-day experiences. Suzy earned her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate University and her bachelor's in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. 

 

Therapist

Suzy Pilipossian, M.A. uses compassion, empathy, and education to make therapy a positive experience for clients.While Suzy is new within the recovery field, she has experience working in the mental health field and seeing how addictions affect people and their lives has guided her to learn to help those who are suffering with addictions. She has knowledge in mindfulness and strives to encourage clients to use it as it brings peace into the day-to-day experiences. Suzy earned her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate University and her bachelor's in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. 


     Counselor                                                                                                     Tori Ratchford, RADT,  life experience and education has allowed her to bring empathy, love, mindfulness and compassion to our center. Her mindfulness based groups and personal practice has provided our center a different perspective around recovery that we offer our clients. Her gentle spirt and welcoming nature encompasses the ideal setting for her meditation groups. Tori specializes in Heart Practice groups, engaging our clients on an inner self love path.

 

Counselor                                                                                                     Tori Ratchford, RADT, life experience and education has allowed her to bring empathy, love, mindfulness and
compassion to our center. Her mindfulness based groups and personal practice has provided
our center a different perspective around recovery that we offer our clients. Her gentle spirt and
welcoming nature encompasses the ideal setting for her meditation groups. Tori specializes in
Heart Practice groups, engaging our clients on an inner self love path.


     Consultant                                                                                                   Dave Smith  is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. He is empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and has received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). He is the founder of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches residential retreats, meditation classes, provides mentoring, trainings and workshops in both secular and Buddhist contexts. He provides consulting for mental health agencies, non-profit organizations, and speaks nationally at Addiction and Behavioral Health conferences. Dave lives in Paonia Colorado.

 

Consultant                                                                                                   Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker, and published author. He is empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and has received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). He is the founder of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches residential retreats, meditation classes, provides mentoring, trainings and workshops in both secular and Buddhist contexts. He provides consulting for mental health agencies, non-profit organizations, and speaks nationally at Addiction and Behavioral Health conferences. Dave lives in Paonia Colorado.