Meet Our Team

“Words cannot describe how thankful I am for having a devoted team, more like my family, to help me fulfill my vision. I could not have accomplished my dream of assisting treatment centers in creating productive members of society without their dedication. I am honored and so proud!”

Kimberly Lou – CEO and Founder

Kimberly Lou is an integrative life mentor who coaches top CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and world-class athletes around the world. She helps them accelerate and thrive, through mental focus, emotional fitness and physical training. Her approach is perfect for people looking for more than just standard life-coaching, in order to excel at the maximum level of their ability.

Kimberly Lou’s own story was one of addiction, eating disorders, and professional and personal burnout. But she changed the story of her life and believes that every person has that same ability to take control of their own story. As a result of her success, Kimberly has appeared on E! Entertainment, MTV, HBO, ESPN, MSNBC, and ShowTime, among many others.  But her greatest joy in life is acting silly with her daughter, Summer. 

“I’m proud to be a part of Guiding Hands Healthcare because I have the opportunity to share a new perspective of healing with people in need. Additionally, Guiding Hands Healthcare allows me to engage with clients and better understand how to serve them in their times of need.”

Bryan Aleman – Co-Founder

Bryan dropped out of high school at the age of 15. He associated with negative influences and was placed into a recovery treatment center. Unfortunately, when Bryan was released, he began using drugs immediately and, as a result, became homeless. Bryan attributed this experience to a negative belief system, one that said he was “not enough” and that the world was a cruel place. It wasn’t until he experienced a nasty breakup and then witnessed his brother’s addiction, as well as that of other close relatives, that he was given the gift of desperation, accepted his recovery, and changed the story of his life; he then devoted his life to helping others who wanted to sustain their own recovery.

As a fitness professional, Bryan Aleman believes that physical fitness and mental health go hand in hand. Trained and well versed in the Pranayama breathing technique (Breathworks), Bryan aspires to help individuals in need through his personal experiences in life and group facilitating skills. Bryan is passionate about his practice and its benefits because he has the opportunity to support clients through hard times in their recovery and guide them to a new way of living. As an artist, Bryan believes it is never too late to make your life a masterpiece.

 

“When I met the Guiding Hands Healthcare team, I was drawn to work with them because it instantly felt like family. Working with Guiding Hands Healthcare, I’ve learned that there is no limit to the level of care that can be done in the service of others. I am thankful to be part of a team that allows m to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Mark Puchalski – Group Facilitator

Mark is our RADT certified practitioner and has a personal history of overcoming childhood trauma and mental health issues. The events that transpired in his past shaped him into the person he is today, and he thinks that is why he is so passionate about helping others work on their own personal growth and development. He’s always been someone who strives to be there for people and believes that facilitating the treatment and recovery of others is one of the most fulfilling ways to do so. In his spare time, Mark enjoys spending time outdoors camping, hiking, skateboarding, and laughing with his family and friends.

“I chose to work with Guiding Hands Healthcare because I could see that the team is hardworking, and they genuinely care not only about clients but also about supporting the treatment center staff. As we all know, working in this field can be challenging. However, I love the way they support me and how we encourage one another.”

Adam Leiter – Group Faciliator

Adam is an RADT certified practitioner, a certified yoga instructor, group fitness instructor, and life coach. Adam has personal experience in recovery from addiction. And his journey has inspired him to grow as a leader as a healer and to be of service to others. Adam is honored to work with people from all walks of life on their journey out of addiction and he finds it extremely rewarding to bring value and assistance to clients as they move forward with their lives. In his spare time Adam likes to work out, swim, cycle, play sports, practice yoga,

“I initially chose Guiding Hands Healthcare because the treatment community has given me so much to be thankful for, and I wanted to give back. Additionally, I liked that Kim and her staff focus on clients with mental health and PTSD, because having served in the military for many years, I can relate to that struggle.  I appreciated their passion and am so thankful to be a part of the team.”

Gregory S. Sedia - Certified Advanced Clinical Hypnologist and Group Facilitor

Greg’s life has been one of continuous service, to his country as well as his community. Greg has a combined total of over 35 years as a United States Marine and government contractor in support of Marine operations and training where he lectured on risk assessment, communication techniques, kinesics, and leadership. Gregs’ past occupations have included intake evaluator for an award-winning military substance abuse treatment center in Southern California, as well as operating their drug testing facility. An accomplished public speaker, Greg has also lectured on substance abuse issues to both the military and the local communities, parents’ groups, and high school DARE programs. He has been recognized by state and local representatives for his volunteer and civic activities. Though not in recovery himself, Greg has witnessed the damage of substance abuse and untreated mental health issues, particularly PTSD, within his family and among his friends. “I like to think that I bring a different perspective to the recovery community. I want to deliver two messages, first, that there is hope and acceptance beyond addiction-that society is willing to support those in recovery with open arms and compassion. Second, I want to help the families of those in recovery understand the recovering addicts’ journey.” Greg is a certified Orange County Health Association Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP) facilitator, a RADT, and a certified advanced clinical hypnologist. In his free time, Greg enjoys studying history and human behavior, working on home improvement projects, operating his own small business, and spending time with his ever-expanding family.

“Being a part of Guiding Hands Healthcare has provided me with the privilege of offering compassion, inspiring hope, and teaching others the necessary skills to overcome their current circumstances.  They teach you the essential skills needed for the field, but they also provide support every step of the way. I feel like I am home.”

Andrea Barrero – Director Of Operations and Group Facilitator

Andrea Barrero is an RADT certified practitioner, an experienced professional in customer service and operations. She has worked in the customer service industry for the past 7 years. Delivering on quality satisfaction, retention, and experience. She has two Associates Degrees in Business and Architecture. She has a passion for inspiring others and providing quality service.  

Andrea has enormous compassion for people going through life’s challenges and transitions, and feels privileged to work with those who are seeking support by helping them with art. She has trained in using the creative process to explore the conscious and unconscious, discovering feelings and experiences where there are no words. With the focus being on the process and materials, art therapy does not require art skill or experience. She creates the space to safely process, without judgement, and nurtures the courage to be imperfect. 

To practice her own self-care, Andrea enjoys spending time outdoors with family, friends, and her furry baby (Koa). She enjoys yoga, spending time at the beach, reading and traveling the world.  

“Being part of the team at Guiding Hands Healthcare has given me the experience and tools to fine-tune my skills and a family environment to thrive and grow. I love each person on our team and the unique style we each bring to the table. I feel so supported!”

Nico RADT Certified Group Facilitor

Nico is our RADT certified practitioner with a huge heart for people. He believes that connection is the opposite of addiction, profoundly desires to connect with those struggling and help them achieve the same freedom he’s found in sobriety. His past of battling various addictions and overcoming trauma creates an understanding, relatable perspective to meet people where they are at and take them to the next level. Nico knows the power of the mind and strives to help others recognize the truth of who they really are. Bringing brightness to every room he enters, he hopes to help others step into their true selves and create the mindset of infinite possibilities. Nico enjoys adventure outdoors, hiking, surfing, and hanging with family and friends in his spare time.

“I love working with Guiding Hands Healthcare because they are multidimensional- from their skill set to their years of valuable experience.  Altogether, they are a dedicated family of professionals who always put their client’s needs first.”

Sheryl Jakofsky-Menes M.S., R.D.N.

Sheryl is a graduate of California State, San Diego, and earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science at California State, Long Beach. Over the last 20 years, Sheryl has worked in several outpatient clinics in addition to working with Southern Cal Gas executives, the L.A. Fire Department, and L.A. Police Department personnel. She provides all her patients with nutrition guidelines and behavior modification. Her passion for healthy, delicious dining has inspired the Palms luxury weight loss camp to publish a book on Recipe Adaptation, using her well-honed knowledge and expertise.

When implementing a new habit or lifestyle change, Sheryl believes she must address the physical, psychological, and visceral aspects of a person’s life before any implementation can take place. Her ability to be approachable, empathetic and genuinely interested in each and every patient that she meets, makes a lifelong impact on the patients here at D’Amore Healthcare. “Good nutrition is forever…”

Daisy Mae –Emotional Support and Therapy Dog

Daisy Mae is naturally feisty, cute, and so so lovable. She brings her dynamic energy to all her interactions with others and the world while living in the moment.

She is light hearted, is often the life of the party, and has a great sense of humor; however, she does know how to take things seriously, uses her keen observation skills to assess her audience and adapt quickly when she has to. Daisy Mae is fantastic at balancing her work life and playtime; after a morning of the zoomies, she is ready to face the day.

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