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 - Integrative Life Mentor - Group Facilitator

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 – Group Facilitator

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.

 

“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,

“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.  

Cecily Renteria –Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Cecily Renteria is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #113224) under the supervision of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Erin Lae (LMFT #52711) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Amy Field (LMFT #50105). She brings nearly 20 years of experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds in various community non-profit agencies. 

Cecily has been supporting adolescents, teens, and adults as a therapist since 2017. She holds the therapeutic relationship and views her healing work with clients as sacred. Her experience includes working with a wide range of presenting issues, including anger management, anxiety and depression, LGBTQIA+, recovery, substance use disorders, and trauma and PTSD.

In 2019, Cecily graduated with her Masters in Counseling Psychology, emphasizing Marriage and Family Therapy, Profession Clinical Counseling, and Depth Psychology. She approaches her work with clients with empathy and compassion. She uses various modalities through a depth-oriented lens, which includes using metaphor, myth, symbols/archetypes, and dreams and images to inform her work with clients.

Natasha Fahti

Natasha Fahti R.D., RADT

As a young girl, Natasha grew up in a health-conscious household. Most dinner table conversations revolved around the nutritional value of food. As a result, Natasha chose Nutrition in college and graduated with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the California State University of Long Beach.

She also completed her dietetics internship program, working with hospital patients, and has worked in hospital settings for the past four years. Natasha is super passionate about what she does and is excited to positively share her experience to impact and promote healthy living and lifestyle through Nutrition.

“I feel incredibly honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work with Guiding Hands Healthcare to touch others’ lives positively. It feels good knowing I’m in the right place.”

Justine Edwards, RADT

Justine is an IPEC-certified life coach who empowers clients to feel, heal, transform anxiety, overcome negative thought patterns, and embrace self-confidence! She knows what it feels like to live many years dealing with crippling anxiety and panic attacks. She has worked with numerous people who want to move from feeling disconnected, anxious, and self-loathing to empowered, present, and confident in themselves.

In her free time, Justine enjoys the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hanging with family and friends.

“Guiding Hands Healthcare has helped me love who I am, flaws and all. I feel that I have a sense of purpose that I have struggled to find. It feels great to be appreciated and a part of something that cares unconditionally.”

Kris Reindel

Kristen is a RADT facilitator whose focus in life is to promote and protect the mental health of all those in her care as well as ensure the positive well-being of their future. Kristen currently works with Guiding Hands part-time in the morning but spends her evening providing support and care to foster youths to help these kids overcome their mental/physical obstacles to be able to enjoy the life they deserve to have. Kristen has overcome her own mental health struggles and wants to be able to help individuals find their own purpose in life. Kristen enjoys being outside, reading, and remaining active in her free time.

“I am simply amazed that I have the privilege of helping others stay motivated and letting them know they are not alone and that it is okay to be uncomfortable to get comfortable.”

Cheryl Williams

I am Cheryl Williams; I have my RADT certification, and I am currently working as a case manager to complete my hours to finish my CADT.  Before this enlightened career change, I was an experienced professional in accounting and business management for over 30 years. 

After years of struggling with addiction silently.  In 2020, I decided to make a change and go to treatment and discover my true love.  I realized I wanted to help others like myself.  Especially with the various barriers they encounter when seeking treatment, whether it be emotional, cultural, or personal.  

I believe everyone deserves to be healthy and happy and learn to love themselves despite past decisions.  I believe we are all strong survivors and can get through anything with support.

I am thankful and excited to have the opportunity to work with Guiding Hands Healthcare.

 

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing group of people at guiding hands healthcare. I joined because I want to be a part of a team that cares deeply about what they do and the people they get to help.”

Sean Scanlon

Sean is a registered RADT counselor, having spent six years at Hazelden-Betty Ford in his hometown of Chicago, IL. He is also a certified Physical Education teacher and has extensive experience leading health and wellness groups. 

He is a dedicated and passionate group facilitator with 18 years of sobriety and six years in an ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics). He has extensive experience and dedication to helping recovering alcoholics and addicts change their lives and free themselves from the grip of addiction. 

In his free time, he enjoys his new hometown of San Diego by paddle boarding, hiking, and spending lots of time at the beach.

“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. Guiding Hands Healthcare provides me the space to do what I love and teach groups that come from my heart.”

Bo Syrotiak

Bo Syrotiak is a licensed occupational therapist (#OT9987) passionately engaged in wellness promotion and preventive healthcare. She chose to become an occupational therapist because of its holistic approach to healthcare. Integrative medicine, such as mindfulness practices, is at the core of her life and work.

In 2021, Bo earned her Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Her research centered on community-based program development for retiring first responders. In her research, Bo suggested that healthy habits, routines, and rituals help cope with adverse events associated with life transitions and change. As a result, she encourages healthy habit-building to obtain life-long health and wellness. 

Bo is also a certified yoga teacher. As a long-time yoga practitioner, she recognized that yoga successfully helped her manage stress and anxiety. Therefore, meditation, breathwork, and postures are part of her daily yoga practice. Since 2003, she has guided many participants to improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. 

When Bo is not working, she enjoys photography, plant-based meals, and the company of her cat, Gigi, and two parakeets, Ocean and Sky. Daily contemplative practices and nature walks fill her soul with peace and strength. Her core values are authenticity, integrity, and faith. Being of service to others in a family-like work setting at Guiding Hands makes Bo truly happy. 

“I chose to work for Guiding Hands because I believe in their mission. I decided to dedicate my life to recovery to give back what has been so generously and freely given to me.”

Michael Merikhi

Michael has his RADT and is a CADC-III Intern. He is also in a Master’s program of psychology with a concentration in Addiction Studies. Michael has lived in several different countries and has spent 16 years of his life addicted to drugs and alcohol, going in and out of jails, various institutions, and on and off the street. When he finally surrendered to the recovery process out of having the gift of desperation, he has managed to not only stay sober, but has decided to devote his life to helping the struggling addict/alcoholic. He believes being of maximum service is the only way to maintain sobriety in his life.
 
On his free time Michael enjoys watching movies, going to the gym, trying new restaurants, traveling, going on long hikes, and spending time with friends and family.
 

Working with Guiding Hands Healthcare affords me the opportunity to exercise my passion for group counseling, and reach as many Clients as possible with the most effective strategies for overcoming mental health and addiction issues.

Marissa Cahill

Marissa is a Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor with CCAPP and has over 8 years experience in the field of substance abuse treatment. Through her own journey of recovery from addiction and mental health, Marissa has a unique gift and passion for relating to Clients in their pain and providing helpful guidance in their healing journey. She also has her bachelors degree in Psychology from Biola University, is a long time resident of San Diego County and enjoys surfing and serving others in her spare time.

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Maggie De Caro

“Guiding Hands Healthcare is incredible! The workplace culture offers what I’ve been missing over the past few years. I’m excited and pumped!”

Maggie DeCaro

Maggie DeCaro has been employed at Guiding Hands Healthcare as a human resources administrator since 2022.  Having worked mostly in mental health and addiction treatment for several organizations, she is very familiar with compensation, payroll, recruiting, and staff training. She is particularly experienced in the areas of strategic advice and directing complex administrative functions within treatment organizations, developing company culture, and mediating disputes.  

Outside of work, Maggie enjoys everything outdoors and can be found kayaking, boating, hiking, and spending time with her two grandchildren.

Daisy Mae –APA Certified Trauma 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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